This morning I woke up to disappointing news that our offer was turned down on a house that we offered the asking price on. Disappointed and insulted, I grumbled through my morning and all the other annoyances that come with the early hours. It reminded me how much I dislike getting excited for something and then get letdown. I hate that. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I’m generally very protective of that sour spot in me, and don’t let myself get excited for the uncertain.
Fast-forward a few hours later, I’m having a conversation with my favorite member at work. He knows me pretty well, knew about the offer on the house, I told him, and he offered his empathy and asked, “What about Verona, Oregon or Sun Prairie?”
No to suburbs. I respond…
“No. I love MADISON. Madison is waking up early on Saturday morning and riding my bike to the farmer’s market and having a Teddywedger for breakfast. Madison is running around the bay in a t-shirt and shorts while fishermen are ice fishing. Madison is taking a short walk to Jenifer Street Market to get some bananas. Madison is where I want to be”
Having never really thought about what Madison means to me, it felt fantastic to spit it out like that. When I think back to the gains I’ve made by living in this radiant city, it’s the athleticism that comes to mind. (Friends too, HI FRIENDS!!) The first apartment I lived in was on the run course of the Wisconsin IronMan. One day I looked out of the window and thought, “What the hell is going on?” There were iron strong athletes running 26.2 miles right under my bedroom window. The second apartment I lived on was on the Madison Marathon course. I remember sitting on my porch watching people run by thinking, “Ugh, they’ve been running for longer than an hour. I could never do that. Could I? Maybe I could. Nah, probably not”
It was only a matter of time before instances like these lit a fire under my ass and inspired me t to join the camaraderie of racing. I owe this city a huge thank you.
THANK YOU MADISON!!
Madison is responsible for the athlete in me, and I never want to move away from that.