With such a busy year these past 10 months (and this time, no, they haven’t flown by), it’s hard to take the time to sit down and write. Writing is something I love to do, and this year, with changes due to a new job, I lost for a long time the things that make me so happy. However, I am determined not to give up, and have set some good goals. I am a firm believer in the “you bring your own sunshine” school of thought, but some days that sunshine is more elusive than others. My little nephew is a lot like me sometimes. When things get crazy, he like to escape the drama, and go to a quiet corner and read, or in his case, be read to. For me, reading and writing are therapeutic, a cherished hobby. Writing for yourself is always more fun anyway – no boss to criticize you, to make you second guess yourself, no client to bend over backwards for – just you, a pen and paper, computer, typewriter, or however you choose to get your words out. Like a good run, or a long ride or any kind of tough workout, I can work through things in my head, and either figure them out or get rid of them. After all, if after a ten-mile run a goal to that annoying problem doesn’t creep through your thoughts, might as well relegate it to the back burner and move on. Life is too short to dwell on every problem, so I aim to keep my head up, my wings out, and move on. Easier said than done, I know. 🙂
With all the stress of the year, I am excited to say that I got a new niece last week. After growing up with all of my relatives 2,000 miles away, having actual relatives in my city has been a dream come true! Not to mention that aside from me on my dad’s side of the family, she will be the first girl to come along, which is pretty cool! 🙂 I can’t wait to go see her again soon. Also, after much practice and hard training, I got picked up by Gold’s Gym Factory team for BMX! It is such an wonderful team, and I am beyond excited and thankful for this new part of my life.
Speaking earlier of books, I recently picked up a few good ones. Among them, Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald, A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable, and Eat Slow Run Fast by Elyse Kopecky and Shalene Flanagan, two amazing runners. I keep finding so many good running books on the shelves lately (those shelves being Amazon). One of my favorites is Once A Runner, by John L. Parker, Jr., along with the other two books in that trilogy. The main character, elite runner Quenton Cassidy is both inspiring and identifiable. The best stories are ones you can get lost in, and for a book written in the 70’s, it completely makes sense today. If anyone out there hasn’t read this one and is looking for a good book, I urge you to check it out. Also, if anyone knows of a good book, running or not, I’m all ears.
This is going to be a short post, but bedtime is calling, and I need to be fully awake for a two hour practice session tomorrow at the track, and still need to pack some of my summer clothes in the suitcase to take back home. Also, nine minutes ago Monday officially ended, so the week is only going to get better from here, lol!