Cleaning Off the Dirt Through the Eyes of a Runner.

So tonight my grandparents and I watched the movie “Wild.”

It got me thinking.

It is a story about a woman who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail alone to come to terms with her past and her demons allowing her to jump into the future.

My story is a little different.

Mine didn’t involve bleeding feet or dehydration.

Instead it is a story about a woman who packed two bags got on a plane and went 12,000 miles across the world alone to come to terms with her past and her demons.

Some people need a 1,000 mile hike. Others need 6 months with a blank slate.  And the rest need to be brave and just jump.

There is an awesome quote I cling to “No matter how dirty your past is, your future is still spotless.”

My past was really dirty and it felt as though everywhere I seemed to walk I was tracking in mud. Excessive mopping and sweeping still wasn’t cleaning the mud. I wondered why. I got frustrated. I cried. I gave up.

It took 12,000 miles for me to finally look down. To look down and realize I had forgotten to clean the mud off of myself first.

That mud…demons, plaguing problems, or crap…whatever you want to call it was not going to leave until I faced it, acknowledged it, and cleaned it up.

Me, I had always thought I constantly needed people around me to process but really, I just needed me and God.

My story, similar to Cheryl in the movie’s character has to sometimes jump into something huge completely alone.

It is then when you are able to find your strength.

My future is spotless. With a little bit of strength and a whole lot of God let’s try and keep it that way.

“No matter how dirty your past is, your

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4 thoughts on “Cleaning Off the Dirt Through the Eyes of a Runner.

  1. Love it, Melanie! Reminds me of what Feebz used to say about the hub-caps she collected our freshman year: even though they are incredibly dirty when you pick them up off the side of the road, with just a little bit of attention, all of that grime and history can be washed away. Very long, and somewhat less elegant than what you wrote… but you get what I mean. ^^

  2. Love the spirit of moving forward in your words. It’s essential for everyone (for even if it doesn’t look like it, we allll have a dirty past.)

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