Despite hitting my qualifying time by 2 minutes and 1 second, I did not get into Boston Marathon for 2016. The field filled up with faster qualifiers.
Strangely, I could not be happier about it. It’s not my time.
This moment is valuable.
It’s a valuable example to my kids that you don’t always get what you want. Sometimes you work very hard, think you have reached your goal, and then your destiny changes. Life.
It’s a valuable reminder to be humble. Glory (qualifying) and defeat (not qualifying by enough) coexist for each other and have a near invisible margin between them.
It’s a valuable challenge to be better than I was yesterday. To run faster, to be more graceful, to be more accepting, to be stronger. To be.
It’s a valuable incentive to continue to enjoy the journey. There are few things as invigorating as having a goal to aspire to. The journey is a tremendously beautiful thing.
It’s a valuable opportunity to reflect. There is a time to balance allowing and desiring. What doesn’t make sense right now, will, as the pages of life are turned to the upcoming chapters.
It’s a valuable time to be thankful. I can run and that’s a huge gift in itself. I just might go do that right now!
To all who made it… CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy! To those who didn’t… try really hard to smile 🙂