every month is poetry month…
— Friedrich Nietzsche
ca. 1855-95, [carte de visite portrait of a young man in his sick bed, possibly ill with measles or chicken pox], Lewis Jackson Stinson
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.
—Carl Jung (via wordslessspoken)
Dick Hoyt, 72, has pushed his son, Rick Hoyt, 51, in almost 1,100 endurance events and is preparing to compete in their 31st Boston Marathon.
The exact number of races they’ve competed in is astonishing. In total, they’ve completed 1,091 events, including 252 triathlons, 70 marathons, 94 half marathons, and 155 five-kilometer races. They have never finished last in any of them.
It all started when Rick told his dad in middle school that he wanted to compete in a marathon for a basketball player who was paralyzed in an accident.
“Rick came home from that basketball game and he said, ‘Dad, I have to do something for him. I want to let him know that life goes on even though he’s paralyzed. I want to run in the race,’” Dick explained.
He agreed to push him in his wheel chair in the race, but it was Rick’s words after the race that pushed him to do more.
He told his father the night after the race, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”
Rick has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. Doctors told Dick to put him in an institution because he was “going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life.”
But he refused, and never thought once of putting him in a home.