Tell Me Something Good – His Guiding Light
wow – thank you for the outpouring of love from my last post about my husband accomplishing his ironman! is it weird that i read my own article four more times and cried each time? maybe. but i did.
as i mentioned in that post, the end of his race (aka hour 15.5) was starting to wear on him. it was 10pm as cassie and i waited for him at mile 22, unsure how he was feeling or if he was injured. when we finally saw him approach, there was a woman following close behind him.
ravery quickly said that he had to keep walking. he was hanging in there but so ready for it to be over. he said ‘this is khem and she’s lighting my way.’ i had no idea who this woman was, how they connected but none of that mattered – he was not alone.
it gave me such a sense of peace to know he wasn’t navigating the trail alone or in the dark. i breathed a bit easier.
after he crossed the finish line, i saw khem approach a few minutes later and we had our proper introduction. through tears, i profusely thanked her for being there for him and i’m so glad they got a photo together!
the next day i asked ravery more about who this woman was and how they connected. she was apparently volunteering throughout the day and wrapping up her shift late at night. she was shining the light on her phone because it was pitch black out. ravery made a comment like ‘hey, nice light’ as they walked by each other and she said something like “yeah it’s dark out – i can hold this light a while for you if you want?”
this was around mile 21 and she was literally his guiding light until the finish line at 26.2 miles. how incredible is that?! i get all teary-eyed thinking about the kindness of this complete stranger.
she stayed behind/beside him and shined her phone light as he mustered every last ounce of energy to finish the race. when ravery got nauseous and said he couldn’t talk anymore, she said, “no problem – we don’t need to talk.” when he said he needed to run to make his timing, she said, “no problem, let’s run.” she was so thoughtful that she used her own phone to call mine to let me know he would be crossing the finish line shortly so i should get ready! can you believe that?!
walking 5 miles to support a complete stranger – literally being his guiding light. that is kindness. that is goodness. that is proof that our world will be alright. thank you khem!
i take this a powerful metaphor that we should all up our game and look for ways to shine the light for others on a more regular basis. imagine the illumination…