The privilege of running and other things

"Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things'll get brighter
Ooh child things are gonna get easier
Ooh child things'll get brighter

Someday we'll get it together and we'll get it undone
Someday when the world is much brighter
Someday we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Someday when the world is much lighter"



I have listened to the song O-o-h Child a lot this weekend. It has been a very hard week for this country especially for people of color. I have been at a loss for words and searching for what I can do to make things better. I have donated money to Black Lives Matter, I have posted things on social media, I have talked to friends and family, but there has to be more I / we can do.  
I know every morning, afternoon and evening that I go running without worry, that I am privileged. Only a few times in the 10 years I have been running in Forest Park have I felt unsafe. 
I know living on a street with 4 trailheads into park with 80 miles of trails is a privilege. 
I know when I am speeding to get to a race or trailhead that my biggest concern is getting ticket and my insurance going up. I don't worry about getting shot or harassed. 
My life is so comfortable that I have to run 50 mile+ races to feel uncomfortable, this is a privilege. 
I have dealt with many injustices being a woman, but I am a white woman, this too is a privilege. 
There has been a lot on my mind this week while running. I was going to post a new route and a funny picture of Susan and Cedar, but this weekend didn't feel like the right time. I want to hug someone and tell them it will be ok. But we have to stay 6 feet apart because of covid-19 and I don't know if it will be ok. 
I am reading, educating myself and talking to people to figure out how I can use this privilege to make this world much brighter. 
The one thing we can all do is vote and together we'll get it undone. 

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