Skip to main content

A True Role Model

“I've gotten people who have said I've gotten them to run more, to exercise more, to do their first marathon, to volunteer more. That all feels incredibly odd. But today, someone commented today that I inspire them to love more which may be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.” – Iram Leon

I love hearing stories about incredible people. About the amazing things that they do. They give us hope. They inspire us. They show us that happiness is a choice. That optimism is a way of life.

I recently learned about an incredible 32-year-old man and father named Iram Leon. Iram is living with brain cancer. He had always been a runner, but when he was diagnosed, he endeavored to take his 6-year-old daughter Kiana on his runs.

Now, anyone who runs a marathon is pretty awesome in my books, let alone someone who has been diagnosed with an illness. But let's be clear. Not only did Iram run a marathon but he won it - while pushing Kiana in a stroller - all the while raising funds for her college education with each step! And if that weren't impressive enough, he has run a total of four marathons since his diagnosis in late 2010.

George Patton is quoted as saying “I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” I can’t pretend to imagine the challenges that Iram faces, but I can certainly join in celebrating his strength of character. When he hit bottom, he endeavored to bounce back and share in that with his little daughter. Too often we look to celebrities as role models, but people like Iram are the true role models we can all learn from.

To learn more about Iram look no further than his blog. You can also follow him on Twitter @iramjleon. I guarantee you will be inspired.


Popular posts from this blog

10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?

Be like Water

Life has been busier than usual of recent and it has kept me away from this blog longer than I would like. I mentioned this to my boyfriend the other day. He matter-of-factly reminded me that there is no schedule to which I must adhere. That there are no specific rules to follow, only those I set for myself.
He reminded me that it’s okay to take a break when time or inspiration may be lacking. And that lack of inspiration is not a permanent state.

Less is More

In October 2010 I was in Peru – a trip full of meaningful moments and encounters, many of which could not have been predicted.  For several days we stayed at a local family’s home in the Lake Titicaca area - a remote village with no running water or electricity.  Our hosts went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable, that we felt welcome, and were well fed.  We lacked for nothing despite the simplicity of our accommodations.