Have you marked anything off your bucket list lately? Have you set a goal, trained and worked hard to turn your goal into reality? Have you dedicated a great accomplishment to someone you knew for a short time but were forever changed by?
Today I watched a young man, my son Jake’s life partner, Eric, be able to check yes, yes, yes to my three questions above. Eric decided last November he would participate in the Redbud Classic 5k run. He has spent the months since that decision preparing for the race, five days a week his early mornings have been in a gym, pumping iron and doing extreme cardio training. He also maintained his status as a full time college student and his committment to his job.
Printed on the back of the shirt Eric ran in were the initials WWJPD. I was informed the letters stood for “What Would JoAnn Peters Do”. Eric dedicated his race to Jake’s grandmother, Grandma JoAnn to those lucky enough to be born her grandchild. In his dedication he commented on her ability to make those around her feel loved and important. He also spoke of her dedication to her daily exercise and the example she set. JoAnn made an impact on Eric’s life.
Mike and I attended the Redbud Classic today and watched proudly as Eric ran. He may have been one of many thousands but not to us. He was the one we snapped photos of, the one we searched anxiously for in the crowds, the one we cheered on.
I have no plans to train for and run a 5k race but truly hope I am living my life in such a way that someday I inspire someone to accomplish a goal important enough to be written on a bucket list. Thank you Eric, you inspire me.