Have you ever been "in the zone?" It could be in anything: writing, sewing, drawing, shooting hoops, running. I like to run. When I'm running everything disappears. It's just me and the music I'm listening too and the world. Nothing else.
But what would happen if you couldn't do that thing you love any more? The thing that draws you into your own space for awhile? What if you lost something? What if you lost your arm? What if you lost your leg?
In The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, Jessica Carlisle is a 16-year old track star. Running is her life, her dream. However, after a track meet, the school bus she was riding in gets hit by an uninsured driver. Her injury is so bad that she has to have her leg amputated. The Running Dream is Jessica's journey to dealing with that loss and finding a way to keep her dream of running alive. She discovers people she used to ignore. She discovers people who inspire her. And along the way, she figures out that she's lucky to be alive, lucky to have people who support and love her.
This is now in my list of top books for 2011.
Even the breakdown of the book is worth noting. Part 1: Finish Line; Part 2: Headwind; Part 3: Straightaway; Part 4: Adjusting the Blocks and Part 5: Starting Line. It is a very fast read..it reads a bit like a race.
Also, if you were inspired by Bethany Hamilton's book Soul Surfer, you will be enjoy this story as well.
*Soul Surfer, the movie, is actually coming out on April 8.