Adrian Haslet. Today I am grateful for Adrian Haslet. I don’t know her. I have never met her. But man, she inspires me on the daily. She was at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. She lost her left leg below the knee in the horrific domestic terrorist attack that changed my city 210 yards from the finish line. She was (and still is) a ballroom dancer. But now she is also an amputee advocate, motivational speaker, an adventurer, a dog lover, a can-fucking-do boss, and a runner. Yup, a runner. And she was supposed to run today’s Boston Marathon, except only a few weeks ago she badly sprained her ankle and all her training went down the tubes faster she could say, “hand me my leg.”
I follow Adrian on Instagram. I’m not even really sure how I found her or why I began following her, I’m just glad I did, because I’m not sure there is a more positive person roaming the earth. And damn, there’s almost nothing I love more, except maybe potato chips. See, being positive isn’t my native language, I have to work at it. But Adrian, she is a force of YES, a human who laughs in the face of “you can’t.” And while she did concede to not being able to run Boston this year, she wasn’t all down in the dumps, she just started to plan for next year.
So, today, the 125th Boston Marathon, gratitude to the unstoppable, and did I mention very stylish, Adrian Haslet. She is my idea of awesomeness in human form. She is exactly what they mean when they say “Boston Strong.”