What do you not have enough of? If you had enough, how much would that be?
When I was a working parent with young children I didn’t have enough sleep or time for myself. I dreamt of being able to crawl into bed at 7pm and not worry about the dishes, the laundry and the bedtime routines. At times I would lock myself in my bathroom and call it my “mommy time-out” just to get a few minutes by myself. Now, that my children are older, I wish I had more time with them.
Then there is the issue of money. I live in a well-to-do suburb in a beautiful home with overflowing closets and a stocked pantry, but I continue to wish for more. Not because I need more, but because I have been shaped by a consumer culture that implicitly reminds me that I am not enough until I have more. I feel at times that I am held hostage by the lie that there is not enough of anything to go around, and it is my job to squirrel away as much as possible to ensure the security of my family.
But truly, is this what life is all about? Continue reading Leftovers
About a year ago I was referred to a physical therapist for some right leg and hip pain. Basically the therapist told me that my right leg and hip area had fallen asleep and had lost much of its muscle capacity. I was dumbfounded since I had just finished my first sprint triathlon.
How could I have trained hard for 6 months with my right leg muscles asleep? The therapist told me that this is actually a common occurrence with many people who run. They don’t even know it until the pain sets in. So she set me on a path of healing through a series of exercises that got progressively more difficult with every week of therapy. I still do those exercises every time I run because I surely don’t want my leg muscles to fall asleep again!
As I was running the other day I thought about other places in my life where I have fallen asleep. You know what I am talking about — living my life on auto pilot. A day turns into a week that turns into a month and so on. Let’s face it, how many opportunities do we take throughout the week to intentionally wake up to life in all its glory — the good, the bad and the ugly? Continue reading YOLO BABY!