January was pretty much a whole month of that for me. Work was super busy, the whole family got sick (yes, including Squire with his hurty paw!), a tree fell on the cabin...it seemed like just one thing after the other after the other. And now somehow, I've yet to determine how, it has already become February. I haven't blogged in almost 2 weeks. I haven't even DONE the laundry - but I guess the upside is it isn't sitting wet and moldy in the washer either! I have two trips in a week - and a race - that I'm not ready for. My email box is ready to self destruct at any second. I'm hungry, tired, and feeling like I'm in a perpetual game of catch up right now.
I need a do over. Or do I?
If January hadn't happened I would NOT have had the incredibly inspiring opportunity to go to Houston to watch the US Olympic Marathon trials. If we hadn't both gotten sick, Brian and I wouldn't have spent all day together on the couch watching the AFC & NFC Championship football games and getting much needed down time together. If I hadn't taken 9 days off of running for bronchitis, this week's compliments on my running at the gym may not have had the same positive impact. If a tree hadn't fallen on the cabin we never would've gotten to play with chainsaws on the roof and had a fun friend & dog packed yard cleanup extravaganza. (OK, so that last one is a little bit twisted, but I do love me some power tools!).
I guess my point is this: as many times as I've said I need a do-over in the last couple weeks, I really wouldn't want one. For better or worse everything that happens to us, and how we respond to it, helps to shape us. I am a stronger person, a better wife and friend, for having weathered the storms of life then if I had been spared.
So, I'm embracing the challenges, and open to what February has to offer. Phil says 6 more weeks of winter? Well, we haven't even HAD winter yet, so go ahead and bring it.
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