2021.12.08 23:19 DogeStef American Healthcare
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2021.12.08 23:19 Matchakitkat_5 Free flowers!
2021.12.08 23:19 farmley0223 I hate my life. So tired.and fatigued.
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2021.12.08 23:19 No-League-354 I wrote this out of frustration with life. Any positivity helps!
Keep Your Chin Up- How Marathon Running can help you deal with life’s challenges.
Running the 2021 Chicago Marathon was no easy feat, no marathon is. The course and my preparation should have led me to a PR day. My mindset was positive; my outlook was even more positive. My current PR was 3:28 at NYC in 2019, which in my mind at Chicago I could have run 3:15 or better. The weather had other plans. It was hot, it was muggy and it simply was not a race day that would lead to a PR day for me. I went out too fast (common problem with runners). I was arrogant and confident. The heat dominated me. All of my research about the Chicago Marathon got me excited to get to Chinatown to see the crowds, I hated Chinatown. It was a dark time for me. I wanted to quit. I wanted to drop out of the race but being alone with no supporters with me in Chicago, what the hell was I going to do to get back to my hotel? Luckily I had my phone and was able to talk to my wife who kept me moving. Head down, slugging around the course. I can distinctly remember a spectator shortly before the roars of the crowd on Michigan Ave under an overpass simply saying to all of us “Keep your chin up. Keep fighting.” How simple of a statement yet how profound. He wasn’t shouting or excited, just confidently giving us runners that were battling a life lesson. I can look on my Garmin heat map and see exactly where that man was standing because it fueled me to keep pushing and get to that finish line. I ended up finishing in 3:46. I was crushed I had a “bad day” and wasn’t able to PR. But in retrospect, I kept my chin up and kept fighting. That in itself was a major victory for me internally. I wish that man was in Atlanta in February 2021, my worst race ever and easily my biggest disappointment as a runner (4:21). That man in Chicago laid the groundwork, in my mind, on how to face the world as a Husband, Father and Runner.
Life is unplanned, life is hard and life is unforgiving. Dealing with life by keeping your chin up and keep fighting is exactly how you get to a finish line despite setbacks. All of us can learn a thing from this. If you lose your job, get divorced, lose a loved one: Keep your chin up. Keep fighting. Life doesn’t stop because you’re enduring a hardship, just like races don’t stop if one person is injured. Life marches on, races continue, new opportunities arise. Setbacks are where you learn most. How different could your life be if you just kept your chin up and just kept fighting? If you do not support yourself, who will? I can think back to all of my mistakes in life and how I dealt with them. How different would my life be if I just kept my chin up and kept fighting?
My life was not a challenge in my adolescence. My parents were outstanding. They provided for me more than most. They were there when I needed them and supported me when I needed them. I made my fair share of mistakes and I sulked in the consequences of my actions. I let those losing battles define me and own me. What if I kept my chin up and learned from my mistakes? What if I kept fighting instead of giving up? My parents supported me, I did not support myself. I took the easy way out on a lot of things instead of truly testing myself and what I could possibly do in life. Where would I be now if I battled? Where would you be now if you battled your problems instead of laying down and letting them cloud over you?
I am writing this at 32 years old. I have a phenomenal wife who supports me through every step of the way. I have 3 daughters (Ages 4, 3 and 1). Our life is not a cake walk to say the least. To add insult to injury, just one month before the 2021 Chicago Marathon, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Her well-being is now entirely managed by Insulin. As a parent, how do you process this? I have never been in the hospital besides during the birth of my children and now by oldest had to spend 4 days in a hospital. One child’s entire life story has now been altered yet we still have 2 other girls to parent. How do we keep fighting for their benefit? How do we spin this into a positive? I still am trying to wrap my mind around this and honestly, I probably will never be able to fully accept this happening to my innocent 4-year-old. She did nothing wrong except just come into this world. My wife and I are angry, scared, nervous, basically any negative adjective you can think of; we are feeling it. Before the Marathon, my life was chaotic. I gave up at work. I was irrational. It was hard to wake up to prepare for the marathon along with being a parent. I was operating in a way that was no benefit to myself or my family. On my flight home from Chicago, I processing the race and, as with any T1D case, thinking about her and her well-being. This is really where that man kept popping up in my thoughts. I needed to keep my chin up and keep fighting for my baby girl. If I don’t show her how to keep fighting who will?
A few months later, everyone in the house was sick. The girls kept getting sick. Vomiting in their beds, exploding diapers. Add that with managing T1D of a 4-year-old and we had a perfect “shit storm” of problems. The youngest girl slept 12 hours one day straight. Something was off. She was in our pantry, standing there eating crackers like normal then all of the sudden she lost control of herself and could not stand. I panicked thinking she was choking. I was giving the Heimlich and trying to fish whatever was caught out. There was nothing to fish out. There was no explanation as to what happened. I called 911, they came, she was asleep. She literally had no control of anything and wasn’t responsive and then just went to sleep? What? They had nothing to add. She was breathing now and seemed very comfortable sleeping in my arms. Terrifying to say the least. Later that evening, my wife was holding her next to me and she just dropped. Her lips turned blue. She was not responsive. She was having another “episode”. 911 was called again and we loaded her up in an ambulance for yet another hospital visit in 3 months, this time for our 1-year-old. How do you process this as a parent? How do we keep fighting? We never got an answer as to why she had those seizures. Doctors never could definitively say what caused them. Again, my wife and I could easily just give up. We could just keep letting the world throw problems our way and let those problems own us. We cannot do this. We have to keep our chins up and keep fighting.
Our problems keep going. I was let go from my job on December 4th, 2021. I have no job. My wife has a part time job. We have 3 kids. We have no insurance to help with our daughter’s diabetes management. Bills don’t stop. If I didn’t encounter that man in Chicago, I would give up. I would stop trying. The world just keeps throwing challenges at us that are increasing in difficulty to deal with. It would be easy to just say “Well fuck it, I tried” then just leave. But that man left such an impression on me that I will not do that. I am going to keep my chin up. I am going to keep fighting. My wife and girls deserve that from their husband and father.
Think of my life since September. It has not been easy nor has it gotten easier. Think of your problems. Some might be more than what have happened to me. Some might be less. But nonetheless, problems are problems to deal with in life. Laying down and letting those problems run you are not a productive way to deal with life. Whoever is reading this, keep fighting. Keep your chin up. Life is a marathon. Segments of our lives can seem like marathons. 26.2 miles is such a metaphor for life. There are good parts in the beginning where you feel great. You hit a few hills and slow down. Do you stop? No. The weather is less than ideal. Do you stop? No. If you have run a marathon before, you know the mental deviations you have on the course. If you have never run one, your mind wanders. You go to dark places during tough points. It would be easy to just stop running because you’re tired or you’re aching in your hamstring. But do you give up? No. You keep pushing and you conquer the race you started. Mind over matter. It’s a cliché saying but it rings true in every application. Keep a positive mindset and knowing you will overcome is such a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. It’s something I have struggled with through life. I cannot wait to sign up for another race with this new found mindset. I will be able to qualify for Boston with this outlook. I can do anything I set out to do now. I will overcome. Really read my words and understand my message.
Right now to me, I am running a completely uphill marathon in 100-degree heat with no water and only one shoe. I signed up for that marathon. I will conquer that marathon and you can too. “Keep your chin up. Keep fighting.”
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2021.12.08 23:19 3rdEyeDeuteranopia [Clip Request] Harden accidently walking towards the Rockets locker room
At halftime, James Harden accidently started walking to the Rockets locker room instead of the visitors.
Harden has played 20 of 24 minutes since KD is out and he is trying to carry the team and probably trying to score as much as possible so he can get 40 against every team. He's also the best post defender in the league so he's been working hard on defense all game. DPOY candidate Jae'Sean Tate has been giving him a lot of problems and has made him work for just 14 points though. Obvious Harden is exhausted playing against the Rockets and was on autopilot.
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2021.12.08 23:19 surreal_unlimited anyone else do random things that you know will get a unique reaction out of people?
i love seeing people reacting to what i say or do. if im friends with someone ill say something overly satirical and random and see how they’ll act. its so fun because when they think im funny it makes me feel so happy.
or when i wave to random people and their first reaction is this 🤨 but then its 👋😊
i swear people are so cute sometimes
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2021.12.08 23:19 Uzeil21 Art I finished today
2021.12.08 23:19 2TimeWRLD If juice wrld, made flowerboy.
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2021.12.08 23:19 Reception-Creative Please help me by voting for my favorite hyperpop track I've done it's a beat btw 🙏
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2021.12.08 23:19 TranscendTime7 Is anyone here a crypto millionaire?
You don't have to give any details of course.
Just wondering if anyone here is a crypto millionaire?
Meaning getting in early has made you a millionaire? Perhaps from a very small initial investment?
I am an almost crypto millionaire.
I was almost a millionaire from crypto but I made a poor decision years ago and blew that one.
For those who are millionaires. I am envious. Congratulations.
Is there still potential for me to millionaire from a relatively low initial investment or is it a crap shoot?
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2021.12.08 23:19 ronperlmanforever69 What would be different on this site if the users weren't predominantly american?
2021.12.08 23:19 soulfulsolos Reptilia Solo
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2021.12.08 23:19 T1C3 Soulja Boy creates his own game on Core (SODMG Fighters)
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2021.12.08 23:19 cloez18 Uruguay ante referéndum de halterofilia
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2021.12.08 23:19 PMMeUrBleedingPussy [Post Game Thread] The Cleveland Cavaliers (14-12) defeat the Chicago Bulls (17-9), 115 - 92
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2021.12.08 23:19 mikeb556 Orange Hell - Hybrid Moments
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2021.12.08 23:19 TurnoverMission [AEW Dynamite] Ruby Soho Promo interrupted
2021.12.08 23:19 __2020__2020__ Zoil we have to leave you now that youre famous, as a last request before you join otk, add this emote
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2021.12.08 23:19 LiveAlienn How do I get started in competitive Halo?
How can an Onyx player expose themselves to the e-sports scene?
If I wanted to get a team together and sign us up for as many tournaments as possible, how would I go about finding tournaments?
Is the HCS open and how would I go about getting there?
Thanks for any help and insight on this question, I’m very interested in getting started!
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2021.12.08 23:19 airmikeyy Load up!!!$$$
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2021.12.08 23:19 Xygarde HIGH IQ Nade
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2021.12.08 23:19 NotSomeoneHere do you ever just lay on your bed at night, just looking into the ceiling and just being silent
2021.12.08 23:19 deathclaw11 Blues clues
2021.12.08 23:19 AutoNewspaperAdmin [Sports] - Etiwanda is No. 1 in Southern California girls' basketball rankings | LA Times
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2021.12.08 23:19 DawglvnDr Ape Accountability Flair?
1). Users who DRS’d are searchable by the scraper (computershared.net)
2). participation in the DRS Bot should have its perks.
3). Just like an NFT divvie, bystanders will most likely get left out. Why not start now?
Mods: can one of you wrinkles figure out an auto-gen proof flair?
Asking for a friend
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