What's the story behind a person's SOLE?
We all have a story to share. Our soles tell our story, a joyous event, a tragic experience, a life changing endeavor that makes us who we are today. I believe we are all connected to one another in a spiritual way. We connect when we talk and share. Catastrophes exist all over the world and whether it affects us or not, we help each other in times of need. We connect through tears, laughter, music, art, movies, theater, sports and for me, it's through running.
This is my story...
My father was murdered just shy of me turning 11. I've lived with this nightmare for 35 years now. The death of my father completely destroyed my life and the lives of my family. We've managed to pick up the broken pieces of our life and moved on.
Running has been a whole part of my life, it feeds my soul. Running became my therapy, it was a way to cope not only with my father's death but also relieve stress and be free with my thoughts. I came to the realization that when I ran alone, I wasn't by myself for I ran with my father in spirit. This is when running became my passion and looked forward to sharing the road with my father.
I strongly believe that we create stories in your soles. "Every step we take, we create history, a story, our own story, a page in a chapter in our own book."
My life has had several pivotal moments, two that had strong impacts in my life, from the death of my father to witnessing the births of my two sons. I say that life ended with my father and began with my sons.
When my sons were born, it was the single most greatest days of my life next to marrying my wife. The love that I have for our sons is incredible. They are my legacy and will continue my father and my story. They motivate me to be a better person, father and husband. Life with my family is simply beautiful.
STEP INTO MY SOLE changed my life. The many powerful stories and incredible humans I've had the honor of meeting, I will never forget. I thank every person I've met for sharing their story with me. I am eternally grateful.
No matter what our situation may be, we all have a story that has made us who we are today.
This is my story. What's yours?
To know my story, you must STEP INTO MY SOLE.
Photograph by Jason Foy