“This is the day I take my life back”. 2 years on Bostonstrong

So with the recently concluded Boston Marathon, I’ve been glued to the internet to read about every possible article that could inspire me to one day take on the dreaded Heartbreak Hill. One read in particular did just that. The runner in question is Rebekah Gregory. She was one of the unfortunate people to have been injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Having injured her left leg, and 16 reconstructive surgeries later she finally underwent an amputation. This year she ran the last few miles of the race, on her prosthetic leg, after being advised not to run the whole course by her doctors, for fear of damaging her still healing leg.

This is what she posted on her facebook page ” Today is the day I say goodbye to what is holding me back, and I reclaim my life. And man is it a good feeling. Life was never promised to be easy but guess what? That’s okay. Because when we find that silver lining in the toughest of places, it always seems to be worth it. And sometimes that may mean making tough decisions to get rid of what is holding us back. But I’m here to tell you that when that happens.. the possibilities are endless.”

These people are not your comic book legends. Not Superman, or Iron man. These people  are much bigger than that. These are your everyday heroes. And every once in a while they come along to remind us the strength of human will. Adversity does not slow them down, it pushes them to cross the finish line even faster.

For how long will such terrorism continue. No one side is wrong. I know you can’t clap with only one hand. ‘But you killed our people so we kill yours’ is simply not the answer. Two wrongs never make a right.

Too many such crimes have happened in the name of religion/political agenda, that I’ve begun to question the existence of a God who lets this happen. The world needs more tolerance. At some point innocent people need to stop being the target of such atrocious acts. The answer simply lies in ‘Live and Let Live’. I wish it were that easy.

Something on the lines of what Gandhi said, ” A leg for a leg would leave the world wheel chair bound”

Rebekah Gregory is just one such example of the 260 odd people that were injured in the blast and thousands more in other such incidents. They show us the insignificance of our daily problems. No matter how tough life gets, there’s always a way to move forward.

This is what she wrote a few days earlier “This time I wont be laying on the ground in pieces, or having to be assisted because I can’t do things on my own. This time, the only thing hitting the ground will be my running shoe, as I show myself and the rest of the world that I am back, stronger than ever , and there is NO stopping me now.”

I couldn’t find a more appropriate time to say this phrase than now. ‘You Go Girl!’

More info about her here.


Author: The Kale Runner

Ramblings of an Atheist Vegan Trail-Running Neuroscientist

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