I spent a great deal of my day today picking my jaw up off of the floor.
Do you ever meet those people? Those certain people who you are just drawn to, be it their kindness, smarts, or maybe they’re just plain fun to be around and be with. You aren’t sure what draws you to them so much, you just are? It sounds a little weird, and it might be, but there are just certain people I cross paths with and I know for a fact I have to find a way to keep them in my life, to befriend them, just so I can be around them more often. I just get a feeling around them, they make me smile, they make me laugh, they make me happier and in a better mood. They make me want to be better, smarter, whatever. You just want to be around them.
And so it’s been this way with this person, I have just been drawn to a potential friendship and it is slowly chugging along, I like where it is headed, so that’s a good sign it is working. We get closer as time goes on and we talk about things, she gave me a ride to my car and saw my 26.2 sticker and told me she was training for triathlons about five years ago. COOL I say, but I didn’t know the half of it.
Fast forward to today, I’m about to get out of her car and I ask her what triathlons she was doing. “I was training for the ironman with my best friend, and she got killed.”
Stomach hits the floor, jaw drops open. What?
“My friend and I were supposed to train that morning. A long bike ride, but I had a hair appointment, so my friend went with someone else.”
“My friend rode with a guy friend that day, and they were riding in a neighborhood in Texas when a drunk driver who was drugged up hit them. The guy flew up and hit the hood, dead instantly. My friend got caught on the mirror and was dragged underneath the car. Grace, she was torn into 4 pieces, they couldn’t put her back together.”
Speechless. Mouth open. Eyes filmy. Stomach queasy.
“Yeah. I was getting my hair done and I made them take the foil out of my hair so I could go to the scene. They were treating it like a massive crime scene. You could see where my friend was torn up. And you know what I did? I went up and picked up her bike computer, and I told myself, I’m going to carry this with me someday when I do an ironman.”
At this point there was just no emotion…blank. I couldn’t think of anything to say besides wow, and oh my god.
Just the simple fact that…she is such a strong person for one thing, and I feel so blessed to know her, and two, that people like this just fall into your lap when you least expect it.
I had a feeling…I had the feeling that I wanted her to stick around, to be my friend, but I never knew that someday, maybe, we could be training for a full ironman together in her friends memory.
Timing blows my mind. I feel so blessed right now…so grateful and blessed and fortunate to have gotten to know her, and happy she is still on this earth, rather than in it.
Timing. There is a reason for everything. Cherish every moment, because you never know. You just never know.