Monday, January 24, 2011

A long, long time ago

This weekend was chock full of activities: curling Friday night, running Saturday morning, friends over for drinks followed by a fabulous Runners' Edge dinner at Toi on Saturday night, cycling and a new yoga class on Sunday morning and my parents came over for dinner on Sunday night.  Toss in a couple loads of laundry and a couple hours of work and there wasn't a moment to spare.

Our life is busy, fast-paced and full of activities.  Most of these activities are things that we choose to do because they keep us healthy, happy and motivated.  We surround ourselves with people that we care about because life is too short to do otherwise.

Sitting at Toi, we were three tables of runners and their significant others, many of whom are also runners.  The wine and conversation flowed and I was just happy to be part of it all. Chris leaned over to me at one point and asked me to think about what my life looked like ten years ago. 

Quite a different picture.

Ten years ago: I was married. I did not have diabetes. I did not own a camera. My big workout was going to the Y on Saturday mornings to do a step class. I was vegetarian.  I was terrified of speaking in public. I had few friends outside of work.

Today: I am divorced.  I am in a wonderful relationship with an amazing man. I have diabetes.  I am a photographer. I ran for two hours, cycled hard for one, did yoga and curled - all within a 48 hour period and I can live to tell the tale.  I love a good chipotle steak. During the next two weeks, I will be spending about 20 hours speaking in front of groups of people and I'm ok with that. Most importantly, my life is rich and full of wonderful people who really care about me and about whom I really care about.

The journey to get here has not been an easy one but it is the path that I chose and continue to choose. The journey is not over yet, and with a bit of luck, it will not be over for a long long time. I have no idea what my life might look like ten years from now but, if it looks anything like it does today, I will be one very lucky lady.

1 comment:

  1. Funny, but on Sunday night, after we got home from Dharma and the kids had settled, J & I had the exact same conversation!

    We are all so fortunate to receive the "blessings" that make our life so wonderful and rich ... but it IS a journey and, good or bad, we are always given the opportunity to choose how we wish to travel.

    Life is so much better when we choose to accept the happiness that is all around us and truly enjoy it while we can, isn't it?