I spent a good portion of my life trying to be one of the cool kids when I was younger. I was a baseball player all through school and a part of what we all thought was the cool kid crowd, it’s so funny how times change. I wish I could’ve told the younger me to do what makes you happy and not to worry about what people thought. A huge extrovert and life of the party always, I was a comedian, I would do the dumbest stuff no one else wanted to try to get attention, and I didn’t give a crap about helping others.
Now, many years down the road from that point I find myself on the complete opposite end of that spectrum. I’m a huge introvert, a quiet shy person until you get to know me (and people will attest that totally changes after), live a life of public service sacrificing many of my holidays and days scheduled off to ultimately go back to work and help others. I prefer to quietly help others in the shadows without recognition, and honestly care more about making sure others are taken care of than myself on most instances. I work hard and I play hard, I keep my head down and strive to be the best person I can be, showing respect to others as I would want. I don’t have as many friends now as I used too, but I’m ok with that. Quality over quantity right? Trail running and trying to to make myself better has consumed life and the one area that I’m selfish with. Most friends lost contact because every time they called I was trying to get some miles in or wanting too, and their idea of fun was bellying up at the bar for happy hour. Let’s be honest, it takes a special kind of human to love the sufferfest of running/hiking long distances on trails. But the kind of people who can endure and love that type of leisure are my kind of people. They have mental fortitude, are focused on goals, and don’t give up when the going gets tough.. unless their body forces them too.. 😂
I don’t know where I was going with this, so I will stop talking now. Moral of the story.. live YOUR best life, not someone else’s. Be kind, do good, love hard, and build relationships with quality people, even if they are vegan..