Lately, I’ve reluctantly been getting up early to squeeze my run in for the day. But once I get moving, the warm bed stops calling my name and today as I crested the steep hill, I was greeted with a brilliant sunrise and herds of antelope and cow grazing in the morning glow.
This was why I came here. Running dead east into the sun, there was no other place I’d rather be running. Moments like that made me wish I had a camera at hand, but having the experience unique to myself makes it all the better.
When I just finished my run, a waitress on the ranch ran by me asking if I knew where the hospital in town was. She said a guest was having chest pains and needs to go right away. I ran in my cabin and took my running jacket off (yeah it’s still pretty cold in the morning here) and put on a dry hoodie. Then ran to a ranch car and rushed to the cabin the guest is staying in.
The ranch is about 16 miles away from town and up into the mountains. So just before we left, someone called the hospital and made plans to have us meet the ambulance half way.
The guy in pain was helped in the front seat by his wife and one of the ranch owners. And then the wife got in the back seat with a few bags packed, in case they had to stay over night at the hospital.
Surprisingly we talked almost like nothing was going on. Other than the concerned look on the wife’s face and her leaning forward and holding onto her husbands arms, it seemed like a normal ride.
Less than half way down, the ambulance made great time, we stopped on a pull off on the side of the road. He was put on a stretcher and loaded into the back. His wife got in as well and I followed them down to the hospital.
As I was driving down, I was thinking how precious life actually is. We get this one shot at it and it can be gone at any moment. We live day to day without even thinking about that fact. We take this wonderful opportunity of simply just being alive for granted and spend so much time wasting what limited time we have.
So go fucking live the life you want!
Do what you’ve always wanted to do. Travel to New Zealand, skydive, swim with sharks, climb mountains, write your book, dance your ass off, crank your music, quit your job, run with the bulls, sleep under the stars, open a restaurant, fall in love, go on a road trip, and most importantly have the biggest smile on your face. Whatever you constantly think about doing, do it.
Turn off the tv, your phone and get the hell away from the computer and go do something worth telling people about! There is no such thing as forever here on Earth.
Follow your heart and follow your passions. It will take you to wonderful places and you’ll meet some awesome people along the way. I believe that if you wait for the perfect time, you might end up waiting the rest of your life. So go for it! Go live!
(The guy is doing fine now. He was at the hospital for just a few hours before returning to the ranch so he can rest.)