I don’t know if there has ever been a moment that I was more excited for something to arrive in the mail then for this letter!
I am so excited to be part of such an incredible group of woman who are all unique in their journeys, but united by one love…to run.
Growing up I was not the popular kid, I wasn’t the most unpopular kid either…I was blissfully inconspicuous.
As I got older, high school age, the cliques became more defined and I found myself not really feeling like I belonged anywhere. Sports was my sanctuary, but they even had their own set of politics that brought me mostly grief with brief moments of joy. I longed for the day to feel like I belonged to a team rather than feeling like I was constantly being judged if I didn’t quite fit in or if I became good enough at what I did..I was considered a threat rather then celebrated…it is safe to say…being active is part of who I am…but sports at a young age almost did me in, (literally).
Since high school I have been primarily flying solo. I found running, but didn’t really fall in love with running until I found community within the sport.
This last year has been such a great experience. I have gained friendships through running that have left me feeling like queen of the world; I feel so loved and feel so much love….I am pretty fond of my friends! Running has given me a sense of purpose, a place where I feel proud of who I am not ashamed or embarrassed like I did most of my life. I am finally seeing that woman can in fact lift each other up; why I wasted my time with those who chose to tear each other down is not worth wasting thought over…I’m just glad I finally got the value of having women in my life who honored one another.
Getting to be part of Oiselle is such a huge deal to me, because it really shows that I have reached a point in my life that I finally do truly value myself. The people I surround myself with, the groups I chose to be part of have helped me realize that I have come a long way from someone who wanted nothing more than to disappear from the world to someone who is willing/wanting to live out loud and not be afraid to do it in the presence of many others!
To all my fellow Oiselle birds…I am honored to fly amongst some incredible women! I am excited to be inspired and touched by many of your stories and hope to be able to cheer you along the way while I work towards my own goals and dreams.