Marooned in the Margin & Caught on the Curb

True confession…I haven’t been writing. Well, I have been writing, but barely. And honestly, I haven’t felt like writing. I guess you could say I am…

marooned in the margin.

The ideas are there. There is no shortage of them. But, I just haven’t had made time to write. Yes, I am …

marooned in the margin.

And then there is the Slice of Life writing challenge. Just around the corner in March. Some days I’m all in ready to accept the challenge. But then on other days, I know I am just going to shy away from it all and throw in the towel. Yes, I am…

marooned in the margin.

True confession…I have barely been running. My weekly mileage is at an all-time low of about six miles per week. I guess you could say I am…

caught on the curb.

I have been cross-training though.  Mixing it up with a little yoga, a little core work, and a little strength training. But the running, well, I’ve found an excuse here and an excuse there to legitimize skipping a run. Yes, I am…

caught on the curb.

And then there is the Pittsburgh half marathon. Just around the corner in 12 weeks. I’m finding it difficult to get motivated to complete my training runs. Yes, I am…

caught on the curb.

But then I stepped forced myself on that treadmill and I ran.

It was magical!

I fell into my own little world.

My running world,

my writing world.

And while I ran, I wrote.

Yes, I write while I run, in my head anyway.

After 3.1 miles, my run was complete and my piece was written.

I bounced off that treadmill.

The words spewed out from mind,

to my fingers,

to my computer.

My run was complete.

My piece was written.

Marooned in the margin,

caught on the curb,

hopefully, no more!

sometimes the most difficult part is just showing up! and sometimes just showing up is enough! ~me

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19 thoughts on “Marooned in the Margin & Caught on the Curb

  1. Marvelously crafted piece. Loved the repetitions, the word choice, the structure. Best of all I loved the change that happened in you.

  2. I am so happy, happy, happy to see you here today, Amy!!! I have missed you and your words. We all go through times like this. I call them “seasons.” We have to have those low times to appreciate the highs, I think. Please keep moving and writing. Be gentle with yourself. We need your voice!!

  3. Love your form and your image of your thought pathway: “The words spewed out from mind, to my fingers, to my computer.” I tell students, Let the words in your head run down your arm and out your fingers and your pencil will talk for you.

  4. Amy, I was so happy to read your post today –I’ve missed you! I know what that place in the margins feels like and I am so happy to see that your post ended on an optimistic note. I’ll be looking for your ever-inspirational posts next month!

  5. Oh my – that repeating phrase – “marooned in the margin” – how many of us have felt the same way, yet haven’t expressed it quite so eloquently. I’m so glad your treadmill run got you off the curb and back out of the margin.

  6. Showing up is enough! I’ve heard you say that before and when I have a difficult time I often think of those words you said… All you have to do is show up! Thank you Amy!!!

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