I am Stronger than I Thought.

Posted on | May 15, 2013 | 11 Comments

“I am stronger than I thought.”

That’s what the T-shirt said, when I pulled it out of the packing envelope; the one sent to me by my sweet friend in Tennessee.  The note enclosed said it was for completing my first half marathon and there were running shoes just below the quote.  I put it on immediately.

I did run a half a marathon in February.  I do lace up my shoes and pound out miles on the treadmill and around my neighborhood and I am a stronger runner than I ever thought I’d be.  My legs are stronger, my arms… stronger, my lungs and heart and mind are stronger because of the miles I have placed on my tennis shoes.

But when I snapped a picture of myself in my new t-shirt, it was not the strength of my body that put the smile on my face.  It was not the muscles in my legs or arms, or the physical strength of any part of me…

Instead, it is a smile of remembering how far I’ve come; not how literally strong my heart is… but how figuratively strong my HEART is.  It is a smile of accomplishment, realizing that I am whole again and ready to love and be loved again.  It is a smile of realization that I am strong enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be alone, strong enough to be 100% me … always and only.

I am stronger than I ever thought I could be… on and off the treadmill, on and off the road, in and out of tennis shoes.


I am strong.  And more importantly… I am happy.



11 Responses to “I am Stronger than I Thought.”

  1. Cathy
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    Wait… didn’t I already say that once today? Lol. Love it!!!!

  2. Law Momma
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    hahahaha 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Karen Turnage Boyd
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I am just seeing this, too! And it is totally the point. You are strong. And I love you!

  4. Law Momma
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    XOXOXO thanks for the shirt, friend. It’s priceless in so many ways.

  5. Karen Turnage Boyd
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    You are strong in many, many ways. And it is one of the things that makes you so awesome!

  6. Law Momma
    May 15th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    also I love you. Obviously.

  7. Barbara Hamill
    May 15th, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think- Winnie the Pooh

    Words of wisdom from a fat bear.

  8. Law Momma
    May 16th, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    I love Pooh.

  9. Alecia
    May 15th, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Yes you are! I love a good self confident day!

  10. Law Momma
    May 16th, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Me too!! They are too few and too far between.

  11. Jackie Henson
    May 20th, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    Love the picture, you look so happy!

    btw where do I get a shirt like that minus the running shoes! 😛

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