Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
I’m sure a lot of bloggers will be writing about runners that inspire them. And yes, there are definitely runners that inspire me. As I sat & pondered inspirational, I decided to write about the social media site I used before I joined Facebook: SparkPeople. I met so many inspirational people and it helped inspire me to get back to a more healthy lifestyle and lose some 30 odd pounds – not to mention it inspired me to become a runner..
When I joined SparkPeople, I wasn’t a runner and I wasn’t on Facebook. I was looking to connect with people interested in a healthy lifestyle, most specifically with people trying to lose weight, like myself.
One of the things I loved about SparkPeople was that it’s a closed site; it’s not open to the world, like Facebook. It felt safer. Of course you get your trolls anywhere, but there seemed far fewer there.
You can do many things with SparkPeople: track your food, your exercise, join groups, journal (aka blog), and much, much more. I have journaled/blogged for years, in one way or another. I don’t consider myself to be a great writer, and I am often humbled by the blogs I read: so many bloggers are talented writers.
Blogging on SparkPeople connected me to many people and helped me make many new friends – some of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. There was always a blog to inspire you to pick yourself up, dust yourself off & try again. There were blogs that made you feel less alone. There were blogs that made running seem possible, despite the fact I’d never run a mile in my whole life.
If you want to find inspirational people, SparkPeople is a great place to do so. I’m sure I would embarrass some of my friends if I were to single them out, so I won’t. But their comments, their empathy, & their support kept me going when I wanted to give up.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our powers.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where do you turn to find inspiration in your life?