Friday, February 24, 2017

When everything clicks

Have you ever turned a blind corner and suddenly realized that all of your decisions (seemingly significant and insignificant), the good and bad moments, and the collection of life experiences you're carrying along on with you on your path all made total sense? This week another leg of my own journey made itself visible, and I am fired up.

Event organizer Alison Desir.
Photo: @run215 
You may have heard about the group of women who ran from New York City to Washington D.C. last month, Run4AllWomen, raising awareness and funds for Planned Parenthood, and arriving on the day of the worldwide Women's Marches. Talk about inspiring.

This week I learned that this awesome group has been making plans to keep the momentum of their tremendous success going by organizing more runs throughout the country this summer. They put out a call for ambassadors to join them in this continued effort, and I honestly in this moment can't think of one single thing in the world I've ever been more well-suited to do.

Through my years of writing this blog, I've been approached countless times by race and running product promoters and marketers with offers to serve as a brand ambassador. This has never been of interest to me, as this blog is a simple, quiet labor of love for me. But this? This is something different. In reading that post, I saw my lifetime of experiences as a runner, a student of feminism and an advocate for women's rights, a writer, and an engaged citizen come together into one clear and more-complete picture. I want to help.

If you read this blog regularly, something you know about me is that I'm always game for a new running adventure. I've done a triathlon. I've tried obstacle course racing. I've even done a pack burro race in the mountains of Colorado, tethered to an 800 pound donkey. I've loved running marathons throughout this beautiful country, and enjoy sharing my love of this sport.

But what you might not know about me is that women's issues have been a priority in my life, from the time I figured out that our rights and protections are constantly under threat. I was lucky enough to grow up with a mother who worked in a reproductive health care setting, and absolutely no awareness that access to these services was something that everyone didn't have. That awareness shifted in college, and my path took a sharp turn. I double majored in Women's Studies and Sociology, and went on to earn a joint Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degree. My master's thesis was on the subject of women and domestic violence. I've now worked as a social worker and health educator for nearly twenty years (what?), and women's issues remain front and center in my life.

So of course, I applied. Fingers toes, and shoelaces are crossed tightly.

I personally relied upon Planned Parenthood for my own primary and reproductive health care for over a decade, and have done my best to support them - financially and otherwise - ever since. I marched proudly in the San Diego Women's March on January 21st, and watched the Run4AllWomen runners make their way to D.C. with great excitement. And whether I'm selected as an ambassador or not, as they expand this effort around the country this year, I will find a way to help.

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18 comments:

  1. I love you Amy. You inspire me every.single.day! Sending you the biggest wishes ever that this works out for you.

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    1. I love you, too, and am equally inspired by all that you do! Wishing you a quick recovery, and hoping we'll be back on the run together again soon. XO

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  2. Dear Run4AllWomen,
    You want Amy to do this. You REALLY do.
    Love,
    berkeley

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    1. THANK YOU for your vote of confidence! I'm so excited. So so so excited.

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  3. You are so amazing..U r my s-hero! Caryn

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    1. Aw, thank you Caryn! It's going to be a great summer. We've got lots of work to do!

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  4. That is amazing and such a perfect fit for you! I love following your adventures!

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    1. Thank you so much, CH! Haha, I know this was you ... ; ... silly Blogger.

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  5. Run4AllWomen: Amy Abrams is probably the best human being I know. You would be missing out on an AMAZING ambassador and runner, were you to overlook her request. Don't do that. :) I have never recommended anyone for anything before. Please, please, please give her this opportunity to continue the great work she already does for women and all human beings on this planet. :)

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    1. RW: YOU ARE THE BEST. Thank you for those kind words, and for your boundless support. XO

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  6. Good for you Sis...your the Energizer, Bionic Runner..Amazing...you make me tired from all your energy. Send some this way...Love you...Us Lazy Diemer's...lol

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    1. Hahaha! Believe me, I make myself tired too. ;) Thanks for all of the support!

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  7. Cant think of a better pairing! Thank you for all you do! Truly inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, Elena! I am thrilled to get to be a part of this, and am so appreciative of your support! Stay tuned!!

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  8. Any this is right up your alley. As always, you are an inspiration. Love ya girlfriend. You got this....

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    1. Right?! It's like I designed this very alley myself! :) So excited to get to help move their amazing vision onward even further. Thanks, Nancy!

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  9. Inspiring women and runners! Amy, this has your name all over it; Run4AllWomen will be lucky to have you!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I hope they will feel the same way. :) Can't wait to meet everyone this spring, and get started.

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