April 3rd, 2007
Imagine running a marathon. Imagine then the feeling you have towards that last mile, the exhaustion, the determination. Then imagine the realization upon reaching the finish line that you have to immediately run another marathon. Imagine the further realization that you don’t know how many consecutive marathons you need to run and that you have no option but to run them all.
We no longer know how many marathons we have run. Only that perhaps, finally, we are on the last mile of the last marathon. There is no word to describe the physical, spiritual, and emotional drain we have experienced.
The reward, to be sure, is immeasurable. The experiences are unforgettable and magical. But as I write here today, with a week left before our resolution and twelve days before we arrive home, we are ready for this book to end, and the new one to begin.