It’s easy to run a race in which with every step you are reminded of the gift that it is to breathe. It’s even easier when surrounded by 1,000 other runners, all gathered together in movement to celebrate the life of someone who believed in being “relentlessly positive.”
The Sally Meyerhoff Run4Sal Memorial 5k Run in Tempe, Arizona earlier this month was a hot pink CEP compression sock fest of athleticism and honor for the late, elite endurance athlete Sally Meyerhoff. Sally’s love for life, love for pink, love for running, and love for positivity was powerful enough to bring together over a thousand runners from all across the country to celebrate her memory.
Even though I personally never had the honor of meeting Sally myself, thanks to friends who have honored and preserved the vibrancy of her memory, Sally has left a lasting impact upon me as if we had known each other. Sally reminds me that life is too short to be wasted by negativity or by not pursuing exactly what you love. Sally, a pro triathlete, American record holder, world record holder, and Olympic Trial marathoner, lived more in one lifetime than many do with triple the amount of years. You see, when you pursue life – actually chase life – with relentless positivity, you will live a full life, no matter the length in years. While we can’t determine the length of years on this Earth, we can determine the amount of living we do in the years that we do have.
Life is short, and any moment in which we are not relentlessly positive is a moment in which we are wasting life. It is up to each of us to determine just exactly how much living we want to squeeze into our lives. The unpredictability of years that we each will have should be driving force enough to live as if we were going to die tomorrow. Tragedy happens, lives are cut short, and absolutely no one knows when their day will come, so live LOUDLY and with joyful enthusiasm for all of the wonderful, positive things that you have in your life today. Live like Sally; be relentlessly positive in your pursuit of life.