Friday, March 21, 2014
Since I became vegan four years ago and started my running journey, two of my friends have become vegan because they saw what it did for me and they wanted to do the same. Several friends have commented that my running journey inspires them to want to work out more.
Yesterday, though, I got the biggest compliment of all. My oldest daughter, who is 20 and struggles with an anxiety disorder, told me that I have inspired her to be more healthy. Over the last several months, she has really focused on eating more healthy foods and has made exercise a priority in her life. She says she feels better and she says it's because of me that she has been able to do this. And in turn, she has inspired some of her friends to eat healthier and exercise more.
I will admit that most days I look around at my friends and family who are unhealthy, overweight, and show no desire to change and I feel discouraged. But every now and then an inspirational moment happens and I feel hope.
To all of my Spark friends who read this: keep doing what you're doing. You're an inspiration, not only to me, but to others that you probably don't even know about. Let's continue to spread the message of how great a healthy, active lifestyle is through not only our words, but are actions as well.