Milestones are the markers in our lives that we often use to tell our life’s story. They are often a measure our happiness, success and or sometimes failures and sorrows.
Milestones are what we speak of when someone asks us, “How are you doing?”.
Milestones are often used in such ways to define birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, changes in one’s career path, even death. Milestones are used to mark important moments in our lives.
These past few days have marked several milestones for me – 3 to be exact. Milestones that bring rise to many emotions. Many filled with excitement and gratitude and some rather dark.
You see, today is what has become known, in my household for many years, as MARATHON MONDAY. Yes, The Boston Marathon – 26.2 miles of history. I not only speak of the history of the race, but what has become my own personal history as well.
Over the past two decades, I have qualified for Boston Marathon 18 times. Today marks just the third time that I will not be running the race during this span.
Today, I’m reflecting on the 1997 Boston Marathon, as a milestone, it was my first Boston Marathon and just my second marathon ever. Last year was my 15th Boston Marathon and 34th marathon in all. Yes, The Boston Marathon has become a part of who I am.
Not only has the race become a part of my story but the city has as well. The race is just part of the Boston Marathon experience. Each year we make a 4-5 day vacation out of the event. From shopping to sightseeing to eating some incredible ethnic cuisine, The Boston Marathon experience is one my entire family has come to embrace.
Today’s race marks a second milestone. One which I recall all too well, the anniversary of The Boston Marathon Bombings.
I recall the moments vividly from last year; in particular the events that transpired not only moments and hours after the race, but the days and weeks following the bombings. I continue to struggle to find understanding, as I think of those who lost their lives and those who were injured.
I think of those people who lived the horror of having the terrorists on the loose, for several days, and having a shoot out with authorities in surrounding neighborhoods.
I reflect on our my own experience. My fear and concern for my families safety as our hotel was just two blocks from the bombings last year. We watched the tv and looked out of our 35th floor window as the news and events continued to unfold below us. Hotels were evacuated, air space was shutdown and state and Federal Authorities continued to manage the scene as their were more EMT vehicles below us than one could count.
As I said, I will not be running The Boston Marathon today because I celebrated yet another milestone this past weekend, which was my daughter’s seventh birthday.
Yes, The Boston Marathon has become a part of who I am, but this weekend we celebrated something much bigger, the celebration of a child. Let alone a 7th birthday celebration of my daughter.
As we celebrated over the weekend, we celebrated the innocence of a child who is growing into a beautiful young girl. And while we celebrated with family and friends, it was not lost on me how fortunate we are.
I especially thought of The Richard Family. Their 8 year old son was killed, 6 year old daughter lost a leg, and both parents were also seriously injured in last year’s marathon bombings.
Just like us, The Richard Family was enjoying Marathon Weekend. It had become a family affair, but now their family is changed forever. All of us are changed forever.
While my thoughts are with all those in Boston today, I am very grateful for my family, friends, customers and you my reader.
What recent milestones have you recently experienced? I would love to hear from you.