Violently Happy…but not in the creepy way

I am training for a half marathon that is taking place in 3 days.  This entails a lot of running.  When I say a lot of running it means in the last 3 months I have logged over 170 miles of running.  This is crazy.  I was not a runner.  I used to smoke 2 packs a day.  I only ran from things that scared me.  

This running has made me happy.  It makes me so happy that I weep with gratitude while I run.  And this Bjork song called Violently Happy rings through my ears EVERY.TIME.I.RUN.  

Two weeks ago I ran 12 miles.  
I looked up at the power lines and saw a hummingbird sitting next to
…two mourning doves sitting next to
…a red tailed hawk

This moment of  different birds sitting right next to each other in utter stillness struck me as incredible and reminded me of the people that I have lost Andrew, my grandma and grandpa and my daddy.  And I knew they were proud of me and that I was doing what I am supposed to be to serve my highest purpose.  I was at that moment Violently Happy.

It used to be rare for me to experience such overwhelming joy that I weep in AWE at what is occurring.  Now I experience that feeling almost every day.

I was reminded by JTK last night that when I am living my dream I am happy.  
When I am getting overwhelmed by the how I am not.  
When I am following my purpose I am happy.  
When I am in ego I am not.

My theme for 2014 is Violently Happy…in the flash mob, mosh pit, I wanna shake you I am so stinking happy kind of way.  I feel like my happy is banging around on my insides screaming to come out and squish people all the time.

When I ran 12 miles I made it a goal to thumbs up, high five, and woohoo every single runner that went by me and I saw people laugh, whoop, holler, and just smile that someone recognized they were awesome!

Today I encourage you to find your happy…even if it is for a second…and while you are at it…smile at a stranger…it will totally make their day.

Here’s to staying in the happy.



About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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2 Responses to Violently Happy…but not in the creepy way

  1. Tobi says:

    I already thought about trying to encourage every other runner I meet on a run with high fives etc., did you have people react negatively on your encouragement?

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