"You don't have to see the whole staircase at once, just the first step"
When you learn to live in the moment and embrace it with good humour, a calm attitude and enjoy the simplicity of it all, life begins to become a bit easier.
It is only the middle of February and the notices for up-coming events are already filling up my email in-box. Being the proactive personalty that I am, I was almost making myself sick from anxiety of knowing just how out of shape I am and how will I ever get ready.
- this year will be different from any previous year, I have major real life commitments and don't know what my time frame will be to deal with them.
- I don't HAVE to participate in every event that crosses my path. I can pick and choose and just do my best with the time frame I do have for getting back into some semblance of fitness.
- enjoy, embrace, participate, but most of all appreciate the fact I can do what I can do. (many women my age just don't bother, however, the many, many female friends I do have are involved with embracing life in a positive healthy fashion).
- take the time to remember your friends who are ailing as the person(s) they were, not what they have become. This is especially true with my Dad, I am learning with the help of the Alzheimer Society and Veteran Affairs Canada to remember that he has had a great life, he served his country as a decorated tank commander in World War II, he served his city as decorated civil servant (aka Staff Sargent of Detectives), he had many hobbies, wonderful friends who still remain in touch with him even though he is now many kilometres away, he was well respected within that far away community and now I get to enjoy every single moment I have to share with him as his memory declines.
Sometimes you need to be a super star fitness freak, run a marathon, endure a Half Ironman, but sometimes you need to just sit, laugh, listen intently and learn how to have patience, compassion and most of all love for those who are making their way to ending their journey.
Life's fun if you don't weaken,