This is a tougher topic than the first day of the writing challenge, but let's just see where this goes...
Immediately my friend Brittany comes to mind. She's an easy first answer. She taught me more about perseverance, grit, and silliness than almost anyone else I've known. She lived a short life that was made more difficult due to Cystic Fibrosis, but she was happy, silly, smiling, LAUGHING, working hard, and accomplished big things in her 19 years on Earth. She was a great friend even when I wasn't and she was always fun to be around. Even through her death she has continued to teach me and has continued to be a reminder of these qualities.
My dad inspires me for a lot of similar reasons to Brittany. I grew up with a dad who was often in and out of the hospital. Surgeries were just a thing he had. It didn't seem weird or hard or out of the ordinary to me. I guess I didn't really realize how sick he was until there was an actual chance he might not make it home when I was in high school. He was extremely sick due to complications from severe Crohn's disease and colon cancer. I learned after that experience to always visit people in the hospital! I never really visited my dad during his long hospital stays and I regret that.
I don't ever remember him complaining while I was growing up. I just remember him hunting and fishing and snowboarding and hiking Tuckerman's Ravine and mountain biking and running a business and making the bathroom stink. When he feels good and isn't flaring he LIVES. He does every hobby he loves. His disease made it hard to work a normal job, so he created his own. Thanks for the inspiration, Dad!
My Girls on the Run girls inspire me just through being carefree children! They get me to do silly things and open up more than I tend to with adults. They get me to enjoy the moment and think less, yet at the same time think more about what I say and put out into the world.
Anyone who has quit their job to do something that truly fills their soul, YOU INSPIRE ME! I'm not exactly sure if I want to quit the office life or not, but seeing people live a life and have a career that completely lights them up, that's beautiful.
See you tomorrow ✌🏻
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pup. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance