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Inspiration from the Past: Don’t Give Up

Sometimes, Facebook gets it right. Inspiration from the past that we need right now.

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Facebook, though you have been a bit much of late, you came through for me this week. Though some people don’t love the “On this Day” function, I love it. I love seeing random conversations I had with people, or what I posted to Instagram back in the day. 

Right now, though, the “On this Day” app is a bit… emotional for me. Because one year ago, I was in the throes of the pain of dealing with my back, but before we had any idea what was actually wrong with me. It wasn’t until we finally had the MRI in December that we found out I had fractured my sacrum; until that time we thought I was dealing with disc dysfunction. 

I opened up my browser on Tuesday to be greeted with this, which I posted to Instagram November 14, 2015.

Never Give Up Inspiration

One year ago, I was in pain. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. I was scared to move. I was a running coach who couldn’t run. There was so much ambiguity to what I was dealing with. We kept trying to fix me, and we kept falling short. 

I remember seeing this image and knowing that I needed to post it, for all of us. 

I feel like we all, Americans and beyond, need to see it again. Regardless of who you voted for, you must realize how divided our country is at the moment, how “on the cusp” we are. I know I feel the tension. 

This is not a post about the election, per se; it just happens to coincide with the anniversary of my injury.

This is a post about whatever your need it to be about: the election, a career move, a running goal, making the perfect whipped egg whites…. 

Whatever you do, don’t give up. Okay?

I’m not going to say that everything is going to be alright. Because we all know that if everything is right for someone, it isn’t going to be alright for someone else. But for everyone right now who is hurting, who is scared, know that there is always another side to the hill. There is always a reason to fight. And there is always a way to heal. 

Healing and recovery may take a while, but it can happen, even if you spend the first month doing chiropractic work while you have a broken bone…

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Our problems aren’t going to be fixed in a month. But we can’t give up on fixing the issues that matter. 

Step one? Choose Love.

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    You have no idea how much I needed to hear this today.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Coping With Weight Gain FearMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 5:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Glad I could be there for you!

      November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Yess! I actually never pay attention to the FB year ago thing (usually) but that’s only because I don’t post too often. I should pick it up haha
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…How to Survive the Holidays: The Unconventional WayMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 5:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For me it is mostly from College and then Insta and blog posts, but that is my life, so there you go!

      November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Yesterday my two year’s ago picture was tons of snow. So glad to see that isn’t the case right now! Facebook was annoying the crap out of me before the election. But it has been so pleasant to see how many like minded friends I actually have right now posting positive things trying to help us find comfort. Thank goodness!
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    November 17, 2016 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Today’s picture for “on this day” was me all bundled up!

      November 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Always needing this reminder. “Healing and recovery may take a while, but it can happen…”
    And I love that part of Facebook. I’ve actually had so many smiles come from seeing the past memories of times with old friends.
    Cora recently posted…My Kind of Marathon: Eating for Performance (WIAW)My Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 6:18 am
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    I love timehop to see the good and bad times and how far i have made it.

    November 17, 2016 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Preach. Because we HAVE come so far!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey

    It’s so hard to find inspiration sometimes.. πŸ™ But yes, you should never give up..
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    November 17, 2016 at 6:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Never ever give up!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Needed this!! I think one thing I’ve realized as I get older is that life WILL have ebbs and flows. The more time passes the more you see that you DO always come out the other side. That has been helpful to me to take the hard times with less panic. Not to say I’m perfect at that… it is a learning process everyday and there are days I forget all what I just said. πŸ™‚
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    November 17, 2016 at 6:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good grief, you know I hear you there. Let’s be honest, I should read my own reminders on a daily basis!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Needed this so much. I can relate in many ways and welcome all the good vibes. I have a love/hate relationship with the FB thing. Sometimes it makes me miss the “simple, good” times but other times it just makes me laugh.
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life recently posted…All Good ThingsMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you. I miss when we just posted nonsense.

      November 18, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Man we are mind melding today, that is soooo true.
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Fighting My Battle Against 5 Years of AmenorrheaMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (pretend that is us mindmelding)

      November 18, 2016 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Yes. I think this is the reminder everyone needs, especially with the negative, despairing tone of the media. Our country has endured worse, humanity has endured far fsr worse.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Hiking Pratt Lake TrailMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree. We need to learn from the past, but we need to remember that there will always be the future

      November 18, 2016 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I just saw a memory pop up from when I ran RnR Vegas 3 years ago. After that I got a bunch of injuries and have not done a half since then. For a second I was sad about that but then thought about all that I have done in the past 3 years and I am thankful. Everything has ups and downs. Have a good one!
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    November 17, 2016 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you Deborah! Thank you for sharing that. I remember your series of injuries, and I am so proud of how you have come back from them!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    Wow..I can’t believe that that was a year ago. I feel like it was just a few weeks ago and I can remember it so vividly. I was praying for you so much and just hoping you would get better. Crazy to see how far you’ve come since then <3 you remain one of my biggest inspirations!
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    November 17, 2016 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you, dear. Thank you so much for all of your support and love!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    This is always a good reminder! Healing whether physically or emotionally always takes time!
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Thankful Thursday: Week 3My Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It does, and so, so much patience.

      November 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But I am so impatient!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    I love those FB memories. I opened FB this week to find the tribute that I posted two years ago when my big beautiful black Lab, Guinness, passed on. It brought tears to my eyes and then I went on all of the dog rescue sites and found a black lab mix puppy named, Cubby. My husband said no, but I’m working on him. πŸ˜‰
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    November 17, 2016 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GET IT GET IT GET IT. His name is Cubby. AS IN THE CHICAGO CUBS. It is totally meant to be!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Emily

    So thankful that I’m learning that trials often endure for a season, and we learn so much from them. <3
    Emily recently posted…WIAW: Why I Eat Ice Cream Every DayMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Probably my favourite post of yours yet! I remember reading your posts from last year when your back was all fuckered and I could hear your pain through your positive posts. You had such an incredibly good attitude about it all. You’re a huge inspiration to so many people today, and back then.
    Suzy recently posted…A Day in the Life: LOOK AWAYMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE YOU. I truly was in pain, as much as I tried to remind myself to be positive. I was so scared. I don’t know what I would have done with you and my community.

      November 18, 2016 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Amy Lauren Scott

    I’m dealing with an injury right now and can’t run, so this was a good read for me today, especially since you are a year out from the surgery and now running again and doing well. Thanks for posting this.
    Amy Lauren Scott recently posted…Old Village Harbor 5K (21:41)My Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Amy. That just sucks. Let me know if I can help and support you!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    It’s always helpful to look back and see how far we’ve come! Thanks for the reminder to power on, choosing love, with the hope that better things are ahead.
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…What’s next (ten days post marathon)My Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that we could all use it right now.

      November 18, 2016 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    That was such a terrible time for you, it’s hard to see it again.
    However, it’s also a perfect reminder that with time all things will change. We don’t live in a stagnant world.

    I particularly like the 100% success rate quote, with the odds in our favor!

    November 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This ain’t no hunger games πŸ˜€

      November 18, 2016 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Yep. Needed this. Happy thoughts and puuuushing through ❀️
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Thinking Out Loud #73My Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    I needed this today, thank you! xoxo
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    November 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    What a great message you saw to yourself! I’ve never used the “on this day” feature.
    Rachel recently posted…Training for a 5K, My Birthday was Amazing, and Thoughts on BloggingMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to get on that. Especially with kiddos!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    This is definitely a reminder that many of us need! I like TimeHop because it shows me not only Facebook but also instagram and photos.
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Gear and Accessories I’m Loving For Fall RunningMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, I have my IG connected to my fb, so I get those as well πŸ˜€

      November 18, 2016 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Shannon @GirlsGotSole

    Great thought-provoking post! I too like the “On this day” feature that FB offers. Sure, sometimes it can be emotional, but I think that can be a good thing, just like in this case.
    I love seeing something pop-up, a memory that brings a smile to my face. Nothing like it.
    Shannon @GirlsGotSole recently posted…An A-Z Guide of Running TermsMy Profile

    November 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And it is so great to see the progression of things throughout the year!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Nikki Fahey

    Suzy… I don’t know for sure.. but If you are struggling with anything right now. I hope you can look at this and believe it. <3 Hugs

    November 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m doing great! Life is always a work in progress, for us all!

      November 18, 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Allie

    As my mom’s license plate on her 1990 Toyota Supra read: It’s All About the Attitude! LOL but oh so true, especially right now. Thank you for this today. I definitely needed it.
    Allie recently posted…Las Vegas RnR Half Marathon “Race for Fun” Experiment ResultsMy Profile

    November 18, 2016 at 5:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So glad to be able to help you out there. ANd your mom is #amazing

      November 18, 2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Kerri Mcgrail

    I loveee the timehop / memories notification on facebook. I always have a good laugh about what my friends and I were talking about in 2009, or seeing random photos pop up from prom or nights out with friends. The memories always make me smile :).
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    November 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are so digital these days–we often never see any o fth pictures that we have in our computers! This is a great way to see things again.

      November 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Our problems aren’t going to be fixed in a month. But we can’t give up on fixing the issues that matter. <<<< SO MUCH YES TO THIS!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: Crazy Dreams, Spirit Animals and Venus Fly TrapsMy Profile

    November 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope people take it to heart!

      November 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply San

    Love this. Sometimes these reminders come just at the right time.
    San recently posted…22: My official 1-year race-run-niversaryMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm
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