Supernatural star and well known Austinite Jared Padalecki posted an inspirational message on Instagram today.

In the post, he touches on the blessings of his own life, his love for the Austin community, and what brings him joy, encouraging you to make every effort to do something that brings you joy as well.

Here’s the full post:

“Recent events have made me reflect on life, love, loss, and all of the blessings I’ve experienced in my days on this earth. I’ve taken time to think about how I spend MY time. More importantly, how i WANT to spend my time… People i want to spend it with. Places I want to go. Books i want to read. And on and on and on… Ultimately, I want to spend time doing that which brings me joy. IDEALLY, doing things that will also bring OTHERS joy.

Today, I took the time that was gifted to me and went for a run around the city that i love. The city I dreamt about living in as a child. The city where I’m now blessed to lay my head. Austin brings me a warmth and a happiness and a peace that i have been unable to find anywhere else in my travels. I love being here. (I’ve even convinced a few friends to move here! 😁). On February 16th, I’m going to run through 26.2 miles of this place I call home for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon.
I was lucky enough to participate last year as well, and it definitely brought me joy (even through all of the aches and pains!).

Some of y’all out there have experienced the journey of running a marathon (it was, I must warn you, named after a poor chap that died upon completion 😳). There are highs. There are lows. And, among those highs and lows, there is appreciation. Gratitude. The opportunity to join an ephemeral community, bound together through a shared love of running, or of the outdoors, or for charity, or for the locations where it takes place (or, possibly through losing a bet 😂). It’s a struggle, for sure. But it’s a struggle that I am blessed and fortunate enough to be able to face head-on.

I’ll be keeping in touch over the next 2 and a half weeks as I put the finishing touches on my preparation.
I would LOVE your support

Most importantly, i would love for you to MAKE EVERY EFFORT to do something that brings you joy.
Call a loved one.
Go for a walk.
Sneak in some precious alone time.
Watch your favorite tv show. 😜

Do SOMETHING with your precious time that lets the world know you are grateful.
After all, none of us know how much time we have left.
With love and gratitude. Always. -jp #austinmarathon

Though Jared didn’t post a pic from the marathon in 2019, his wife Gen shared this phenomenal shot of her 10th place finish on her Instagram account (@nowandgen).

As Jar Pad mentioned, the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, presented by Under Armour, is happening February 16. Actually, there are three races you can participate in that day: the Marathon, Half Marathon, and a 5K. The day prior, you can also take part in the Manzano Mile presented by Dole. To get more information and learn how to enter, click here.

Featured photo via Jared Padalecki’s official Instagram.

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