10 miles and a Smile (short story).

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    Apr 12, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    Just something I'd like to share that will hopefully brighten up your day (maybe a little). I've been so down in the dumps lately that I've dropped 5 pounds. I can't eat or keep food stomached at the moment, but still staying strong and feeling better every day.

    I've mentioned before that I've been down in the dumps lately. Instead of spewing you with details that won't make a difference in your life, I'll tell you a story about something a bit more heartwarming.

    Today I biked my first 10 miles of the spring/summer. It was great to be able to get back on it in this warm weather. I lapped around the same neighborhood around 5ish times, but during the 3rd time I ran into an older guy (had to be mid 60's to 70's) jogging down the road.

    I always have grown up with the mindset that everyone is good at heart. Although I know this not to be true, it makes me feel better to treat others with kindness and respect until they prove to me they don't deserve it. I've also had this idea in my head that I'm untouchable. I've spent so many years being optimistic and happy that I came to the conclusion it would be damn near impossible to get me down. Only until recently have I realized that I really am human.

    Anyway, I'm listening to to my I-pod, and begin biking up a huge hill. As I'm passing by the older guy gives me a smile followed by a "hello." For some reason it hit me right in the feels, and gave me the strength to finish my 10 miles and have a good day. Actually, this was my first 10 mile ride since I've gotten my bike. That was a goal I wanted to break all last year.

    That was it. One person's smile did that to me. Sounds ridiculous, right? I don't think he had any idea the thoughts that were stirring in my head, or how I was perceiving myself in that time. I'm sure he thought nothing of it, but it made all the difference to me.

    Anyway, I just want people to know about a daily dose of kindness, and hopefully realize that the smallest positive actions can make the biggest difference to people without you even knowing it.

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    Apr 12, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    Sometimes people underestimate the impact an act of kindness can have on another. Great story bud, thanks for sharing. I hope you start to feel better soon
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    Apr 12, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    Keep your posted story in your mind bro and keep getting more positive to shake this thing that has got a hold of you right now. Use that negative shit to fuel your efforts and get positive results from it. Before you know it you'll be doing 20 miles.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:12 PM GMT
    Acts of kindness from random people make this world bearable ...But we always have to remember to return them to others ..
    You definitely are on the right track ,
    Best of luck to you mate .
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    I llove it when I'm out for a run and passing people and they do a wave or smile or say even something simple as "hi" .

    doing mountaing climbing/hiking is the same thing....you're on the way up and they are coming down and give you a smile and a "hi". it's good shit.

    glad you had a similar experience and it gave you the motivation.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    If you are biking/running again, it will slowly start to improve your mood. All that exercise keeps those endorphins pumping and it really helps you level out. icon_smile.gif

    Best of luck and glad you had a great time!!!