It is natural to feel sad, angry, resentful, hurt. They are all valid feelings. The key is identifying when these emotions are holding us back and hurting us.
If you are feeling angry. Feel angry. If you are feeling sad. Feel sad. Acknowledge that you’re feeling this way, try to understand where…
As part of my run, I’m getting an amazing opportunity: I’ll get to meet with cancer research scientists at Vanderbilt. The team I’m meeting is doing fascinating work, most of which is far far over my head. They’re focusing on something called hedgehog signaling pathways.
I heard “hedgehog signaling” and pictured a possum throwing gang signs, so I was pretty excited. Then I was a little disappointed to learn this was related to biochemistry and not varmint sign language.
Not one to be ungracious, I continued reading. I was amazed. These signaling pathways literally shape us. Have you ever wondered: how does an embryo know to start making a finger? And how does it know to stop? How does our brain take shape? These signaling pathways send information to our stem cells that tell them what to do based on our genes. They also play a key role in tumor development, and so they’re of critical importance in cancer research.
I was already in a state of awe, and then I learned that the most-researched of the three hedgehog signaling pathways in mammals is called Sonic hedgehog. Yes, it’s named after the little blue Sega sprinter. Wonderful stuff.