I don’t usually do the whole change-your-profile-pic-add-a-twibbon-tell-us-your-bra-color thing.
Maybe I should.
I don’t know.
It just doesn’t feel like those things mean much.
Then, the attacks on the Boston Marathon happened, and runners across social networks planned to wear their running shirts to honor the people of Boston.
I thought about the runDisney community, and how runners and spectators during the Walt Disney World half marathons I’ve run have welcomed me with open arms, have hi-fived me and encouraged me when that next mile marker seems too far away, and have celebrated even the smallest victories with me – reaching the next mile marker, getting to Mary Poppins, even running at all.
I’ve only been a part of the runDisney marathon community for two years, but it’s taught me that being a runner makes you part of something larger than yourself.
And that’s why I’m wearing my race shirts all week. To share a little magic. To share the grace that comes with small gestures. To show Boston I’ve got her back.
These members of the runDisney community are doing the same. I don’t know them all in real life, but I’m glad and proud and honored to count them among my tribe.
Photo credit (lead): Disney Store
Photo edits: All me.