Life is ever changing. Life is all about new beginnings. Often in life many of us focus too much on what is ending or changing and not what is beginning. Yes, I do this way too often too. It is easy to get stuck in the rut of what is missing, what is different, what will never be the same again. I wonder if somehow that is a coping mechanism for many of us. The way to hold onto what we are not ready to let go of or accept. A way of tying us to the past. In the end though all it does is keep us stagnant and does not free us up to confront the changes in life.
Life is ever changing.
Each day we must wake up and realize that it is a new beginning. Yes, we may have the same routines but each day brings new hope. New possibilities. Maybe not a clean slate, but definitely a fresh start with unimaginable possibilities.
It is up to us to face this fresh start with a positive attitude which I wholeheartedly admit is not always easy. While many of us try to decide if the glass half full or half empty, we must remember how blessed we are to have a glass in the first place. It may not be the size glass that we want, but we are blessed either way and there are countless others who wish they even had a glass.
We may not like change, but change is a fact of life. Now, I am not going to say that every change in our life is good. Some changes down right suck. Some changes take getting used to and still suck. Some changes we would not wish on our biggest enemy (although as an adult who really has enemies?). All that being said, change is inevitable and we must learn to adapt, roll with it, and accept.
I’ve learned in life that you can really get through anything in life one you accept that this is the hand that life dealt you. Acceptance does not mean that you are necessarily happy with the changes, but that you know those are the breaks. One of my favorite quotes sums it all up.
This is where I am with a few things right now.
I will say that this is definitely where I am right now with the NJ Half which is less than two weeks away now.
I’m going into this SEVERELY under trained. I’m going into this honestly wondering how I will finish it since I can’t remember the last time that I ran 10 miles let alone 13. I’m going into this knowing that this is where I am at right now and no amount of running in the next two weeks will make it any easier.
It is what it is.
What ever shall be, shall be.
I have a plan for race day though. I’m going to call my bluff. I’m going to show up at the starting line with no plan. With no expectations. With the only thought of running till I can’t run. Then walking. Then with any luck some more running. I’m going into this with the expectation of this being my slowest and hardest half ever. Probably harder than when I ran my sub 2 NY Half. This will be one that will leave me out of breathe and sore for days.
All that being said, I am also going into this knowing how lucky I will be to be at the Start line, let alone the finish line.
This will be my wake up call and it’s about time I pick up the phone.