Wild One the Third

Living this life I call my own.

Archive for the month “October, 2012”

A Letter to the Daughter I Hope I Never Have

Daughter,

I write this to you because I am scared. I am terrified of the world you will be born into. In my few years, I have learned that life is hard for everyone but more so for women. Why women? Well we have asked that question for so many years. I doubt there will ever be a satisfying answer.

I write this to you because I am mad. I am fierce. We are viewed as Man’s lesser counterpart. Weaker. Slower. Dumber. This angers me because it means we have to suffer. I have seen your grandmother shed so many tears. I am certain that her heart is broken from all the tears that have flooded her eyes. I am well on my way to a broken heart with all the disappointments, failures and betrayals I have dealt with. So many tears have fallen from my face that it hurts, Daughter.

I write this to you because the World will force you to see what I have seen, go through what I have gone through. Sure, those things eventually force you to be strong. I believe they have made me strong to a degree but I want for someone else’s daughter to be roughened by those things. Not you, Daughter. Maybe I am a coward but I know that a greater portion of your life will consist of suffering, and I do not wish that upon you. Maybe I am selfish but I know that I don’t want to experience any further anguish from seeing you suffer.

I want to protect you. The only way I can do that is by never having you.

With Love,
A Daughter

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Warrior Dash Craziness

Three events in 28 days. This past Saturday I completed my final event in this triad of epic-ness. I started out with the Epic Mud Run, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and finished with Warrior Dash.
Warrior Dash was by far the best out of the three. I loved the course. It was so cross country like. The gravelly trail was awesome and consisted of twists and turns, ups and downs. Along the way there were statutes of animals/dinosaurs hidden among the shrubbery. Is a dinosaur an animal? There were also poster boards with motivating comments that I found quite amusing. “We won’t tell anyone you cried.” “Or that time you watched the Titanic.” “Don’t let Ted from the office beat you.” Winking smile

What I liked about this event was that you were able to get about a little over a mile of running out of the way before hitting the brunt of the obstacles. Before the event, I was worried about not being capable of completing the obstacles, mostly the ones requiring upper body strength. I sold myself too short. I breezed through them and on a couple ones, wished I could go back and do them again. The ones that dealt with climbing up walls and ropes were my favorite.

This was considered a mud run but there wasn’t really any mud right until the end. I didn’t mind that one bit. The mud was cool and refreshing toward the end.

Jumping over fire at the end–passage to warrior-hood–was the highlight of the course. Open-mouthed smile I thought my feet were going to be charred off but the fire just felt mildly warm as my feet grazed over it. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to get any sweet pics of that action.

I did get plenty post-run pics, of course!
I didn’t get as muddy as I should’ve but maybe next year. Winking smile

Best part post-run was getting the mud hosed off by a fire hose. The water was ice cold at first but you eventually got used to it if you stayed in the stream long enough. It did a good job of getting rid of all the mud. I was so cold afterward, though!

I had a great weekend around the St. Louis area after this event. I got to hang out with friends and got a delicious/expensive dinner out of this Warrior Dash Weekend.
On top of that, I am now deemed a warrior. Check out the hat and medal. Winking smile

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