Everything is cancelled.
Everything is cancelled and while we understand why, we appreciate the gravity of the situation, we know the necessity of it; for some reason we think we shouldn’t feel sorrow over the loss. Maybe it’s just me, but I call BS on that. Not just for runners whose races have been cancelled, but anyone who has anything which is everything cancelled.
We are allowed to miss meeting friends for coffee.
We are allowed to miss meeting our Mom’s for lunch.
We are allowed to miss running with our friends.
We are allowed to miss all the things that are important to us.
If our child came to us and told us they were upset that their soccer season was cancelled (which it is), we would never tell them that their soccer wasn’t important and they were being selfish. At least most of us would not say that. We would tell them that their feelings are understandable. That it is ok to be disappointed. That we understand that their soccer (dance, play, graduation, prom or what not) is important to them and that we wish things could be different. That it sucks and we are sorry.
It is no different for us.
We are allowed to be disappointed that races we thought we would train and be ready for our cancelled. For the runners who were ready to rock a race and then week before the rug was pulled out from them. You are allowed to be upset. You are allowed to feel sadness. You are allowed to feel.
And just because you feel that way does not mean for one iota of a second that you don’t understand that there are people suffering, that people are loosing loved ones, that first responders are putting themselves in harms way for the good of the many. You can hold both feeling and truths in the same heart.
You are allowed to feel.