In 2013 I met an elderly Native American. We talked. He shared his way, what he had been taught. Here are three points he made.
1) we all need to feel worthwhile
2) we must take care of planet earth
3) in order to do 1 & 2 , we have to care of our body.
He seemed sad to me. I think I saw tears.
Today was one of those days when the people I spoke with “had” an alzheimers connection. No more, because their loved one lost their life to the disease. Everyone does ultimately. Their is no cure.
I hear so many stories about the loved one asking for their mom or dad near the end. That has to be tough.
If you need help concerning alzheimer’s disease please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1 – 800 – 272 – 3900 anytime.
Up at 5:00 am for my first Run of the day.
Later in the morning I stopped for few minutes to remember June 21, 2013 It was the “Longest Day” for the Alzheimer’s Association. That day I was attempting to jog, pushing my stroller for 31 miles. The high temperature was 106 degrees. I didn’t manage my situation well and because of health concerns that came up, my daughter Amy, asked the New Mexico State Police for help. They responded immediately. (i made it 30 miles that day)
Even later in the day today, I stopped to say hello to the folks at this Dairy Queen. They allowed me to stay in my bivy behind the store on my first trip across America.
I saw two herds of Pronghorn Antelope today. During the 2013 trip, I did not see any.
This is a great week for miles and for spreading awareness. I am managing both my body and emotions well.
I ran on the “Trail of the Fourty Niners” today. A lot of history out there.
Here is a miscellaneous picture from the Run today.
Thank you for reading my blog.
Alden gave them a call this morning and asked if they would allow me stay the night. She explained my mission to them. I am raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. They were happy to help. They allowed me to stay here in 2013, on the first trip.
If you need help concerning alzheimer’s disease please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 anytime.
I found this on the internet. It said it was anonymously posted.
Perseverance is surely one of the most important traits to possess as a human in this life, especially in this day and age. It is essential to achieving your goals, your dreams and everything else that is worth striving for. It is such a necessity due to the fact that most things rarely work out perfectly first time round, if at all, not to mention the many people who will laugh and put you down, simply because they can. However, it is at those times specifically where the persistentindividual who is determined to succeed, no matter what, will rise, dust themselves off and push forward until they reach that place they’ve had their focus on the whole time.
Sure, life and humans can be difficult and depressing at times, and it can get you down, but not allowing yourself to be bound by such feelings for longer than necessary is also an important part of being someone who perseveres until the very end.
I have no idea why I thought about Joe today, but I did:
In 2013, after I went across America, I heard of a young man that had died while walking across America. He was 48 years old. On October 9, 2013, a tractor trailer took Joe’s life. His son, Jadin had took his own life after being bullied. Jadin was 15 years old. Joe was raising awareness. He was making a difference.
I drove up to the spot. It was19 miles west of Kit Carson Colorado on U S Highway 40. I was there for awhile. I was alone . I did some miles for Joe.
I don’t know why I think this way, but I imagined Joe there, standing off of the highway, with his cart and giving me a thumbs up and nodding his head as if he was telling me to continue on. I imagined me looking back and giving him a thumbs up.
This young man enjoys running half marathons.
I told him I Run for the Alzheimers Association.
I sure wish I could remember names. I do know this young man was in the United States Navy. I know he enjoys running out here in these hills. This guy was pretty cool. Yep, pretty cool.
In 2013 the young man in charge of the New Mexico State Police presented me with a pin. I will always remember it. Today I met a very young officer with the State Police. I do not know why, but it felt like the right time to hand the pin to someone else. I appreciate what this young man does for a living. I ran into him at a restaurant in Santa Rosa. Here’s a picture from the internet. He accepted the pin.
What an awesome young man he is. He told me so much about the local history. There is a lot of it out here that I have never heard of. I heard about the long walk. I will not forget him. He pointed out the mountains to the north that are capped with snow.