Positive Shit I’ve Discovered On My Journey
Yesterday’s post was needlessly cynical and stupid. This morning I’ve come up with some positive shit I’ve encountered on this run and it’s not just ice cream and Coke.
- I have realised I like animals – Part of my animosity that has been growing towards drivers has been fuelled by roadkill deaths. I’ve seen so many dead rabbits, badgers, hedgehogs, even a dead fucking deer spread across both lanes on the A68. It’s upsetting. It’s not just the deaths. It’s the decapitations. It’s funny to see that shit in GTA 5 but not the A5. I like running in the countryside beside the sheep and the cows. They are sentient animals and not just 2D wankers who bleat for shits and giggles. I’m not fully comfortable with burgers right now even though they are delicious.
- Drivers are good people – I ranted yesterday about them as I was in pain but most of the drivers I’ve encountered have been pleasant and have given me more than enough space on the road. I prefer to wave than to scowl or to throw grenades at them.
- My body continues to gets stronger – It heals all the time and it’s allowed me to run over a marathon on average every day for the past 27 days. This has led to me feeling guilty for the years of abuse and neglect. What if I’d pushed it over the edge on one of those stupid thoughtless times?
- People are good people – I’ve had donations and words of encouragement from complete strangers who I’ve yet to thank individually but please know your donation means a lot. Outside Barnsley during the heatwave a driver stopped to give me a bottle of water. All the people who have donated or shown goodwill have helped so much. I get idiots who try to make an example out or me very rarely and I probably think about them too much and the good people too little.
- I’ve enjoyed running a lot. Mainly the quiet times where I’m not thinking or analysing or scrutinising. Not everyone gets the chance to do this. I’ve enjoyed trying to stay inside the Strava Monthly Distance Challenge top 10 for June too.
- I’ve liked most of the places I’ve visited – I’ve only disliked two places so far and those are Selkirk and Bridgwater. I’ve liked everywhere else and people have been friendly as hell. England and Scotland. North and South. Except Selkirk where you have sad horse cunts.
- I have all I need technology wise to make this journey enjoyable – I was pissed off yesterday because the rain made my phone unusable which meant I couldn’t see the directions to my hotel. It is only when the technology fails that I realise how useful it is. I can leave booking hotels until dinnertime as I have apps that always find me good same day rates in the local area. I have Bluetooth speakers that I use to create my own little portable disco when I’m alone in the countryside. Calling this journey ‘self supported’ is a dirty lie. I have maps, music, a support group in you cunts and everything else within my phone. It’s amazingly powerful.