Wednesday, September 20

The Dash by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Tuesday, September 19

Where Does the Time Go ~ A Great Big World

Where does the time go? 
I don't want this to end 
Where does the time go? 
Let's hang on to the moment we're in 
Of all the things we will remember 
The good, the bad, and all the blessings in disguise 
Today will stick with me forever 
Even if we have to say goodbye 
Where does the time go? 
I keep losing track 
Where does the time go? 
We're too young to get lost looking back 
Life doesn't always give us answers 
Some dots they won't connect until the years go by 
If we're not meant to be together 
Some day we'll know the reasons why 
Of all the things we will remember 
The good, the bad, and all the blessings indisguise 
Today will stick with me forever 
Even if we have to say goodbye 
Where does the time go? 
I don't want this to end 
Where does the time go? 
Let's hang on to the moment we're in

Thursday, September 7

10 Things

1. I am amazed at how much one year changes a person. From where I was a year where I was the year before. The thoughts I had - the plans that were so certain. And now I am in the same spot I was. Life is a circle some times. I barely know the next steps, but, I guess, I know that in a year I will be different - wish I had some sign of what that looks like.

2. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli

3. about the year's gone by! 10 years ago this was painted...
What the hell does it mean!

4. ..and this happened in 2007.

5. Sometimes the path way home doesn't lead back to what you thought home was. What is home? A destination but of comfort. A place of peace. I place sadly undefined yet so vivid.

6. Ok....realization....turning into a deeper post than originally thought. Sorry, not sorry.

7. All of a sudden it is week 2 of the semester. How does this happen to me, it sneaks up. And before I know it I am neck deep for months.

8. "But you held your course to some distant war, In the corners of your mind"

9. ^^ ...I may have danced in the rain to this last night at midnight..ok, I totally did...^^

10. Maybe sometimes it is just enough to exist in someone else's life. Not necessarily knowing where you stand with each other, or if you will see them in a year; or even tragically if they will know your name in a time. Just to live in the moment with them, experience life with them, have a beer and share stories on a porch. That has to be enough at times. It has to be enough that every experience, every person, has a meaning for that moment in our lives. We just may never know what that meaning is, but finding acceptance in having them, even for a short time is enough to cure an aching soul.

Tuesday, August 22

A summer ending

I have been putting this post off for a couple of days, but I had to posting it. And, I guess, by posting it I am now at the end of my summer; less random adventures, less runs, and less hikes. The semester starts in just a few short days and my weekends are gone.

The way my summer works - There is a Summer part I, then Orientation, then a Summer part II. So, I get TWO summers! And part II was fantastic.

I was able to hang out with some old friends and was to meet some new friends.

I got to go home and took a nice long vacation, visiting with my folks.

I got to hike some incredible peaks, specifically Allen Mountain and the Great Range.

The cheese stands alone. Two amazing individuals right there.
All coming to an end with an epic weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. I was able to with LG and her husband, a fantastically amazing duo. Was able to knock off a 1/2 marathon in Ohio, setting a new personal record. And got to enjoy the Roc'n Roll Hall of Fame, pretty great!

And then Coldplay. Finally I hit a Coldplay concert and boy did I get an amazing concert. Words allude me. There were points where  I was crying, laughing, dancing, jumping, sooo much singing (may not be the best thing), and on the edge of my seat the entire time. This was a transcending experience that I know I will spend a lot of time trying to put words to. They are an incredible, fan friend band. Every song I wanted - The Scientist, ..Til Kingdom Come, Fix You - Everything I wanted. And the performance was something incredible. There is something really fantastic about having an experience individually, let alone with two great friends; then surrounded by 20 thousand people.

Just, no words.
It seems Ohio is turning into my concert location, as I was here last year. Nothing compares to the incredible 2016 summer, and I would be surprise if anything did. Nevertheless, 2017 made a strong rival.

After the concert, and arriving to our AirBnB at 12a, I got up at 5a to do a half marathon. The Rock 1/2 marathon was a great experience. On the verge of exhaustion and just going. I met some great people and had a fantastic conversation. I really could not have asked for a better weekend.

I am so lucky. I am feeling it every day. The last few weeks have been a fantastic reminder.

But then I think, for what it is worth, how much I miss people that used to be in my life. There is a line I heard many years ago and (although not verbatim) I repeat - I want to experience everything with you, you comfort me in my troubling times, you make every good moment so much sweeter, because I did them all with you. I want to do everything with you.

I don't know if that made since or if I am explaining it well. But feeling it. Happiness is meant to be shared with those we love. For every high peak I do, every race I finish, every concert I can make, every good moment - I want to spend every moment with that someone.

Life is good, and I know that. Some time to unplug was much needed. I am really not sure what is going to happen with me or where I will be in the next few weeks. But, I know I am very lucky to be where I am and to go on this journey.