39 years later, he will be a runner

I got this picture from an old friend of me at 11 years old.

Tom at 11

Tom at 11

As I looked at it, I stared into my own eyes and wonder what I was thinking at that moment.  Of course I was eating cake, so I must have been happy.  🙂

Anyway, if you had asked this boy what his life would be like in 39 years, I wonder what he would have said.  I know he would not have had any idea of the ups and downs he was about to encounter.  He probably would just laugh if you told him he would one day weigh 278 lbs.

2011

Tom at 278 lbs

How would that be possible?  Then tell him that less than 2 years later he would weigh 180 lbs and run his first marathon and I’m sure he would call you crazy.

Running my first marathon

Running my first marathon

There have been so many good things that have happened in my life.  I have wonderful kids and a Lovely Wife.  I have a great job.  I am thankful for everything I have and everything I can do at 50 years old.

39 years ago, I only hoped to have the life I have now.  Things aren’t perfect.  There are good times and bad.  There are ups and downs.

But if you took that 11 year old into a time machine and forwarded him to today, I think he would be pretty excited to have seen all he would see with those 11 year old eyes.

This make me thankful.

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20 thoughts on “39 years later, he will be a runner

  1. One thing I think our younger selves could teach us now is how to think, “Wow, this is a really good cake!” (a sure thing with one of my mom’s cakes) instead of, “How many calories is this?” in that moment. It’s a good thing you can outrun me if you’re going to start calling me old. 😉

  2. If I told my 11 year old self that in the year 2010 I would run my first marathon and then consider myself a runner, her eyes would become as large as saucers and she would have choked on her cake! LOL! I do wish I could go back to my 15 year old self and tell her… “no matter what anybody else thinks or says, YOU are awesome! Believe me, cuz one day you are going to prove it over and over!” Great post!

    • I like what you said to your 15 year old self. Wouldn’t it be great to have that chance to talk to our younger selves? There is so much we learn as we get older (and start to run). Thanks!

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