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I’m Not Wearing Pants

By Brisdon @shutuprun

If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you know I am sucker for inspiration. I’ll take it where I can get it.  I will even take it form of bumper stickers if need be. Often, I am just sitting at stoplights picking my nose anyway, so why not get inspired?

Some favorites:

I’m Not Wearing Pants

Wait, not so inspiring. Just creepy and wrong. This person should clean their seat immediately when arriving home and NOT stop along the way at any toll booths or drive thrus.

I’m Not Wearing Pants

Okay, maybe not inspiring, but certainly honest and relatable. Once I got stuck at a train crossing and almost destroyed my upholstery. I definitely would have been speeding had it been an option.

I’m Not Wearing Pants

What? I might find this inspiring if I had any clue what it means. If my vagina was on fire, I would not dance. I would scream and jump in a lake. Plus, it should VAGINA’S not VAGINAS. Right?

marathon bumper sticker

There we go!! Finally some true inspiration. I love being called a “Special Kind of Idiot

In all seriousness -  I got the best dose of inspiration today reading THIS BLOG. The post was called “8 Wake Up Calls You Need to Receive" and was an amazing reminder to focus on the stuff we always take for granted and forget to focus on – like telling people we love that we love them, realizing you’re human and that you don’t need to be perfect, and not being afraid to fail. Go read it. NOW!

This got me to thinking about what a recent wake up call has been for me (a wake up call does not have to occur from a life threatening moment or something as equally traumatic. It can be related to an every day, small occurrence).

This is my wake up:

Last week I was behind a guy in the liquor store who was probably in his thirties. He was paying for a pack of cigarettes and two small airplane-sized bottles of vodka. He slurred his words and spoke slowly as he laid a piggy bank full of change on the counter. The cashier had to help him count out the $5.93. At first I thought he was drunk. But, something told me this was not the case. Once he left, the cashier told me he had been kicked in the head by a horse. He had had several surgeries and became sicker with each one. She learned this from his mom, with whom he now has to live full time.

What I learned:

  1. Don’t judge or make assumptions about people and situations. There is usually a lot more to the story than you know.
  2. Life can change in a moment. There are no guarantees. Don’t waste your time being petty, worrying about what you can’t control or holding grudges. Be open to life. Be present with people. Be AWAKE.

What is a recent wake up call you have had (running or non-running related?)

What’s the best bumper sticker you’ve ever seen? (besides the vagina one above).  When I was a kid my favorite was always “Save Gas, Fart in a Jar”. Some things never change.


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