Wake-up! You’re alive…

Earlier this week I woke up in my grandparents house and packed my things, I was excited to spend 9 days in Florida. The next morning I found myself waking up in an airport. A few hours after that I was in an Orange Grove running with my shirt off. Not long after that I sat down in the resort lobby booking a flight home.

I look forward to this trip every year but when I got to Florida this year I knew something was wrong. I was not motivated to train and I was not motivated to be there.

My entire family (folks, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, significant others, etc…) was planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls at Club Italia. I would be one of the only ones not there. The last 3 years I have wished my family happy new years through long-distance phone calls and text messages, but too much has happened this year for that pattern to continue. So I’m on my way home early…

With the conclusion of another year I thought I would share a few thoughts:

  1. You’ll never realize what you have unless you use it or unless it is taken away.
  2. You have the opportunity to do so many things; those opportunities cause many to do nothing…
  3. You are constantly making choices and those choices are leading you to a very specific destination, one that you may be proud of or one that you may detest.
  4. Having goals are fine but don’t let them prevent you from enjoying the journey… The journey is the destination.
  5. Unless you have demonstrated absolute obedience and conviction, you have not experienced doubt.
  6. Don’t try and find meaning in that which you do not live; the gap between meaning and understanding is great.
  7. Running is a great way to learn something about yourself.
  8. If you have to keep a straight face on a first date, then it’s not going to work out.
  9. Wake-up! You’re alive and we’re on your side!

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