Today I am 53 years old and i understand officially turns 3!
What a journey it as been and often times throughout I have questioned - why does one have to go through so much pain? Losing Rob was only the beginning of a domino effect of heartache.Rob died less than 4 months after my 39th birthday. The Incredible Hulk was the last material gift I received. A few years later, a friend who witnessed the Hulk gifting said to me, "Vonnie, do you see the message in that gift? The Incredible Hulk has the power of super strength and enhanced healing abilities. Rob knew and wanted you to be reminded of your strength and knew you would heal yourself and the kids."
One day while I was in bed, I rolled over lazily, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my neglected, bright pink running shoes. For a brief second there, I felt an emotion akin to missing a friend. “What the heck,” I figured and I put them on. That day I completed a 15-minute walk, outside, in the fresh air. When I returned home, I sort of felt a little bit better.
The next day, I walked further. The day after that, I ran a bit. And so on and so forth. Eventually I found running was more than just a thing you do for the body. It’s something you do for the mind as well. This isn’t a placebo effect thing either. It’s been proven that when you run, or exercise, endorphins in the brain are released that trigger a positive or euphoric feeling (runner’s high, anyone?).