Needless to say, I was having a serious case of the Mondays. My life is currently in a state of boxes as I'm moving across town later in the week. Somehow my P.O. keys got lost in the mix of boxes, so I had to spent the morning in line at the post office getting a replacement set. I was cranky, tired, and completely over the cold weather we've been having lately.
I decided that perhaps a long run would make help me re-set the day right. I bundled up and headed out the door. There is just something about breathing in the air, feet pounding against the pavement, and great songs to jam out to that makes a day a little better.
I got to about the half-way point of my run when I noticed a lady across the street. She was at the bus stop and I couldn't tell as to whether or not she was waiting for the bus or had just gotten off the bus. I noticed that she had about 12 plastic grocery bags around her feet and I watched as she attempted to gather them all into her arms. I called across the street to see if she needed any help. I really wish I could of shown you her face because she was over the moon with my offer. Sometimes I forget that we need each other, that we are meant to support, encourage, and inspire others. That life is simply not meant to be walked alone. I helped this sweet lady carry her groceries back to her house. It was seriously such a humbling experience and she talked about life without a car, and how it means that she often does one large grocery shop a week. Her house was nowhere near the bus stop, so I'm not entirely sure how she does it the long walk every week. As we neared her house, her sweet mailman stopped by and gathered up all her groceries in his mail trunk and grow them home. I needed to be reminded that people are good and kind. All the things that felt big and annoying about my life faded into the background.
My take away: Life is messy, hard, and beautiful. Things will not go your way. Help others in spite of that.