My sherpa.

This morning, as M and I were running, I mentioned that Jess saw 9 bunnies on her 20 miler and that those were her ‘sherpas’ cheering her on and he asked what I meant by ‘sherpa’ so I explained, using Heather’s great way of explaining it, and Lindsay’s! (this was a 12 bunny run this morning, btw, how awesome is that?! end bunny sidenote).

He paused and then said, “I’m your sherpa.”

And he’s right. So right. He was saying it in a lighthearted way, but he’s SO right. I never truly thought of it that way, but in every way, he is my sherpa. 

My running sherpa.

Pushing me up big hills (sometimes even literally placing his hand on the small of my back and pushing me gently up, up, up), and powering me through rolling hills (which I effing hate, btw, almost worse than big hills!) chanting ‘get up the hill, get up the hill, you can do it, you can do it’ or singing a random song lyric to distract me. (he also does this on any given run!)

Keeping my pace, rather than running ahead of me, especially when he senses I am struggling a bit (I tend to try to speed up to match his pace and that usually falters and doesn’t go well!), and falls in step behind me instead. So much so that one of our usual ‘running angels‘ remarked as we passed them at the end of our run this morning “she’s still ahead of you! she’s always ahead of you!’ to which he laughed and said ‘yes she is!’ Little do they know that he does this intentionally, for my sake, not because he is slower than me, but in that moment, it couldn’t have been more clear that he is my running sherpa.

My life sherpa.

Never have I had someone in my life that I can have a deep conversation with, about work, ethical debates, life lessons or even politics (and I hate politics!) and learn so much from someone in sometimes so few words. M is one of the most insightful, intelligent, and driven person that I know. He motivates me to challenge myself, question the status quo and do more, reach higher, and achieve. He is also someone that I can rely on for advice, support, comfort. And in the same way, I do the same for him. We support, we challenge, we motivate each other. In partnership. 

My love sherpa. 

Obviously, this goes without saying. M is the love of my life. In every way, on every level, to the deepest facets. I have never loved anyone as much as I love him. And I have never wanted to unite my life with someone more than I do with him. And every day, he does something, says something, or looks at me in a way that strikes me in just the right way to remind me of this. He is my love, my heart, my partner. My penguin.

M is…my sherpa. In every single way. 

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30 thoughts on “My sherpa.

  1. Awww I love this post, sis! All that it stands for, all that it signifies, all that it means — that you and M are truly the perfect match in every single way. I LOVE how he said, without pause, that he is your sherpa. He IS. In all the ways that you describe and more. I love how he pushes you up those hills and keeps you motivated and moving even if you’re whining in his ear about it (hehe). He’s so great to you, for you, with you. I love seeing your relationship grow stronger by the day. you guys are awesome. xoxo

    1. He is most definitely my sherpa and my Godsend truly, in every single way. I love seeing us grow too, and sharing it so much with you, in our family-hood together :)

  2. This is such a sweet post. Your love for M always resonates throughout all your posts though.

    I never see any bunnies on my runs! Jealous. Maybe I need to move to Mass.

    1. Thank you! I am glad it resonates even when I do try NOT to talk about him as much. sometimes I can’t help it. I think you need to move here for the bunnies alone ;-)

  3. Love this. So much! I can relate with Kyle, and it’s just the best feeling. Makes all the challenging times totally worth it when you see how great it all turned out on the other side. :)

    1. I know you totally can relate!! I LOVE that too, and love that the second time around is what ‘did it’ for you as well. Much much deserved!!

    1. Thank you – you are so right, it IS how it is supposed to be, absolutely. I was never UNhappy before, that’s the thing, I just didn’t realize there was so much more to love and partnership than I do now. Crazy, really.

  4. I love this! I’m so happy that you have a personal sherpa in your life. I feel the same way about Billy – he is totally my sherpa in every way! This post reminds me how blessed we are with these loving, supportive men in our lives. xoxo

    1. aww thank you! I think you are so right, Billy is definitely your sherpa in life in every way! It IS such a blessing to have them in our lives! XO

  5. I’m catching up. <3 I LOVE THIS!!! He IS your sherpa! Herrick is mine, for sure…always sending me strong, loving vibes that get me through. Even if he doesn't run, he bikes on my long runs…just so I have support. It's amazing, and I'm SO glad you have him in your life. Your glow says it all.

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