It doesn’t take going on many running adventures to realize runners have their own top secret language. If you’re around a runner for more than 5 minutes you’re bound to hear some crazy jargon: fartlek, PR, 5k, bonk, goo, onomatopoeia(?). If I were to create another blog it would be focused on working out. I would write about and all the humorous situations and different jargon that is specific to each sport. Too bad one of my closest friends Spencer Cope beat me to it (After all…If you’re not an Ironman, you’re not an Ironman).
One of my favorite things about running is a little something I like to call the I see you wave. This is the little wave that athletes trade as they cross paths on the road (usually paired with a simultaneous head nod). The wave is typically a mixture of acknowledgement and encouragement. I’ve discovered this wave can be versatile and mean any of the following:
- “I see you and I like your Oakleys.”
- “I see you and you’re struggling? Okay good that makes two of us.”
- “I see you and I respect that you’re out here”
- “I see you and I can tell you’re working hard”
- “I see you and I have those Nike shorts”
- “I see you keep up the good work”
- “I see you and your hard work encourages me to work harder”
I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if we transfered this wave into everyday situations. Could we create a secret wave for when we see a person doing something we like or respect? For example, what if I see someone at Panera reading a book I’ve read? What can I do when I see an older woman investing in and discipling a group of high school girls at Starbucks? How do I acknowledge the guy who picks up trash at the park? What about when I am serving tables and one guy in a group of ten encourages his friends to stop drinking because they all have to drive home?
Is there some sort of wave or head nod that I can pass just to say I see you?
I don’t know of any secret waves or head nods I can use to say I see you, so this blog post will have to do.
I see you…
- I see you being an awesome dad and leading your family well.
- I see you being a great friend and investing in others.
- I see you caring for the least of these.
I see you celebrating and loving high school students even when it’s uncomfortable, difficult, and you are busy.
- I see you temporarily setting aside your personal dreams to be a fulltime mom (and you’re incredible at it by the way).
- I see you consistently choosing others over yourself.
- I see you setting your fears aside to be a part of something that matters in your community.
Even if it seems like no one is noticing…I see you.