I have long struggled with the issue of why I am so invested in this silly blog! I wrote about it once: Why Am I Doing This?
Today a friend directed me to “blink140pnt6’s” blog Training Makes Me Hungry! Hunger Makes Me Train! Being a complete non-jock I would never normally have stumbled upon the blog of an Ironman triathlete and ultra-marathoner.
I read his post today (Good Bye, Big Dog) about having to put down his dog Drake, also known as “Big Dog.” This simple tribute from a man I don’t know, to a dog I don’t know, touched me in a way I never could have expected. I sat in front of my computer sobbing with tears streaming down my face.
Long suppressed images of beloved pets that I have had to put to sleep, flowed into memories of my mother and her final illness, and spilled out of my eyes and down my cheeks.
When a stranger from far away can reach you in your kitchen and change your day, that is a true and beautiful connection. It gives me hope for humanity and the future. Love is universal.
The internet could be a medium for such good, allowing us to reach out and connect with each other no matter where we live, what we believe, whether klutz or triathlete. This kind of experience is a reminder to me that human beings the world over share so much. Perhaps this is why I blog.