10 Words in 10 Days…Day 3

for·tu·nate
/ˈfôrCHənət/
adjective
 1. favored by or involving good luck or fortune; lucky.

For everything I am and everything I own; my possessions, my family, my children, my health, my past, my present, and my future…I am fortunate.

I have always possessed the wherewithal to get out there and go after my dreams, as far fetched as they may have seemed. I always had a thirst for knowledge, so I excelled in high school. I went forth and got my college degree in a field that I more than loved, but didn’t have many employment options. However, I was fortunate enough to always be at the right place at just the right times in my life to meet just the right people who could help me excel in my career.

That same mantra led me to my husband as well. And without him, I wouldn’t have my beautiful step-children or twin daughters. And I wouldn’t live in this wonderful home or have had the wonderful opportunity to be able to raise them as a stay at home mom.

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Fortunate.

But there is always a price to be paid for fortune. I missed a great deal of my family while I was off making a living. There just wasn’t enough vacation time for the lowest weather anchor on the totem pole so seeing my sisters, parents, nieces and nephews just didn’t happen. I missed all the weddings, pregnancies, births, baptisms, gratuitous babysitting, and holidays. I missed the Friday night pizza parties and birthday parties. I missed all the Sunday afternoon Carvel Ice Cream stops and the after church bagel brunches.

I married a man from a midwestern state, so just as I had made my way back to the northeast as a meteorologist in New Haven, Ct, I was quickly whisked far away again. So there were no wedding showers or baby showers or anything like that for me. As happy and fortunate as I was, there was always that “pay the piper” mentality.

I guess what I’m trying to say is as fortunate as I have been, it hasn’t always been the story of having my cake and eating it, too.

And as fortunate as I am to have found running…the single most heavenly thing one can do on this earth..I have faced adversity along the way. I could look at it as being complete bad luck, or a tough break, or just bad karma, or I could look at it as some kind of message. After all, if I wasn’t meant to run Boston, I never would have qualified in the first place. Someone is just telling me to settle down, and to find the good in every bad. Give it a break, Theresa. For goodness sake, you are so fortunate.

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The one thing that has given me so much strength and courage through this entire ordeal has been my circle of Facebook runners and blog followers. What an outstanding community! You all have stood by me, supported me, prayed for me, and wished me nothing but good fortune. I am blessed to have you all in my life. I’m so glad I decided to reach out to other runners with my blog because it not only helps me to keep track of my fears, emotions, and realities, but it has opened the door for me to meet you. And this journey would not be what it has become without all of you. I’m grateful. I’m appreciative. I’m lucky.

With every bad, comes some good.

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I’m fortunate. And I find the good in every bad.

Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t like facebook. And has told me so over a million times…a day.

Fortunately, though, he doesn’t like facebook.

Ah! Get it?

Three more days. I think I’ll go throw up now.

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