Though Much is Taken, Much Abides

First, the trival (and good) news:

I had a great run yesterday. It’s amazing how much better I feel and the wonders that Dr. Sellers has worked. That vague feeling of being “locked up” and unable to get my legs to go is gone. The pain in my hip is, essentially, gone. My back is feeling very fatigued now and generally achey, but I trust him that we’ll take care of this soon. I’ll head out to Bastrop State Park tomorrow for an ease back into a long run, committing only to the 8-mile loop and taking it from there.

Now, the not-so-trivial stuff:

I just got word that I woman I recently met and bonded with who was becoming a friend has gotten some very bad health news…the life-threatening kind. The “diagnosis on Monday, surgery the next Monday” kind.

This news, combined with what is happening to my good friend Dano, makes me feel especially shaken. While my new friend may not be dying, my old friend is. The question that keeps coming up is “why?” And I don’t think that’s ever a question that can be answered, which means that I believe we, as humans, have to accept certain things without ever understanding or seeing a reason.

It doesn’t make it any easier.

I keep trying to hold on to knowing that the life lived is a legacy, and that’s why I chose the quote from “Ulysses”–I may never understand why Dano has had to go through this, but I know that the world is a better place for his passing through it.

I’m having a hard time with the crap of Christmas, the gift-giving end. People are the things that make life worth living, not things, and all I want to do is spend time with the people I love, doing the things I love.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at www.leahruns100.com, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

0 thoughts on “Though Much is Taken, Much Abides

  1. People are the things that make life worth living, not things, and all I want to do is spend time with the people I love, doing the things I love.

    This is how I feel 100%. Whenever I think about what I am thankful for, it\’s always the people and the other people and the other people.

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