Monday, September 26, 2011

Screw You; I'm Awesome.

I was minding my own (and my dog's) business on the bike trail, which parallels a well-traveled road near my house. Billy and I had just thrown down three miles on that bright, sunshiney afternoon, and were on the homestretch when Billy decided he needed to stop and do a stretch of his own RIGHT THAT MINUTE AND IT COULDN'T WAIT.

The enabler in me had crouched down to pet him while he rested, when from the road, I heard:


Since no one else was on the bike trail at that moment, and I could therefore make no other logical conclusion than he had been regarding me, I looked up. What greeted my eyes was a teen-age male, holding a very large beverage with a Sonic logo on it, rolling by in his pick-up truck.

My first thought was, "Wow."

My second thought was, "Dude, screw you. I'm awesome."

That's the thing - here I was, being the one getting exercise, and he was the one spectating from a vehicle.

I was doing something - he was merely the critic. It reminded me of a favorite quote of mine; part of which in engraved on a tiny paper weight that a family member gave me many years ago.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Rosevelt; April 1910

Because that is what matters, in diabetes and in life. It matters that you're in the arena, and you're trying.

So screw them - you're awesome.



    I hate people sometimes.

  2. You are so right - stick it to that Toolshed. YOU ARE AWESOME!

  3. What the fructose teenage boy?! A toolshed indeed. ^

  4. You ARE awesome! He can suck it. ;) LOVE the quote!!

  5. AGREED!! You are awesome & Billy, too!

    PS - I may have to "borrow" that quote!!

  6. You are so awesome AND so right!

    And he had a Sonic cup no less; not exactly a salad bar, plus you don't even leave the car to get your food! (I admit I know that from experience).

  7. Hi Kim, he was just another teen who hasn't grown up yet. I rarely take their comments seriously.

  8. I have to agree with you. You're awesome. I'm sure you're awesome in lots of ways, but being confronted with that and responding the way you did was really awesome. Way to go.

  9. You are all sorts of awesome. Who has way more restraint that I would have in that situation. I would have been the idiot chasing down the car.

    What a jerkwad.

  10. One of my favorite quotes ever!

    That guy is a dumba**. (That isn't a critique, that is the blantant truth.) Love you!

  11. Ok first you're beyond awesome. In his case I think sucking a unicorn horn wouldn't be enough...I say ram it...well you get it.

    Love that quote!

    Humans suck sometimes don't they?


  12. What is up with teenage males yelling at people from cars? The same thing has happened to me when I've walked my dog, but I never hear/understand what they are saying.

    Stay Awesome!

  13. Kim, you are awesome.

    - Your Bro from the O

  14. You ARE awesome and don't you ever forget it!! i wonder what the kids mother would think if she heard him. i often wonder that when i hear teenagers yelling rude or obscene things at people. i want to yell back "do you kiss your mother with that mouth?" but they are so ignorant they probably wouldn't get it anyway.

  15. Omg, talk about rude!!!

    You totally ARE awesome Kim, I'm glad you know it and glad you're strong and confident. Great quote by the way...LOVE it!!!

  16. Assholes are gonna be assholes.
    screw them.
    this pissed me off but the way you handled it? pure awesome.

  17. At the end of the day, you still get to be fabulous you, and he still has to be, well, him. That's revenge enough.

  18. I join in the cheer: You ARE awesome!

  19. I'm taking this mantra with me to the gym tomorrow.

    Screw You. I'm Awesome.

    I love it...and you ARE awesome!!!!!

  20. I have no idea what your uniquely beautiful body shape is, but I do know that NO ONE deserves to be harassed for conditions out of their control, and for hurting exactly no one. We all deserve to be appreciated for who we are. Except one teenage male I can think of!


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