Recently I invested in a longboard and it turned out to be one of the best purchases of my life. It finally gave me the sense of adventure I had yearned for so long. The feeling of riding down an incline is absolutely exhilarating, and the wind flowing through my hair gives me a rush. The decision to buy this was hasty, given the price of the board and all, but it definitely wasn’t a mistake.
Everyone has an ego. Most of the time it holds them back from doing things that may benefit them. For me it was running alongside someone.
I always felt embarrassed running with friends because falling behind meant that I was slower. No way could my ego handle that. The embarrassment I felt was the reason why I began saying “no” to my friends every time they asked me if we could run together. Another issue was stopping for breaks. If I asked my friend to slow down, they would, but that meant I was holding them back, anchoring them down, being a burden. I wasn’t okay with that, so running with friends eventually stopped being an activity I did.
Recently my friend developed an interest in running. “It’s my new hobby,” she said. She suggested that we run together and act as support for the other. At first I told her absolutely not and followed up with an explanation. Her persistence and persuasion managed to convince me enough to change my “absolutely not” to a “maybe one time and we’ll see how it goes.”
Today she saw me walking on the side of the street, hot pink shorts with zebra stripes on the side and all, and asked if we could run. Right then. At that very moment. With hesitation, I agreed and met up with her at her house, wondering what I had gotten myself into.
It could not have gone better. Not only did having her by me motivate me to persevere and to avoid walking, but it also increased my mile count by a mile and a half! Yesterday she only did a thirty-five minute run to the park a mile or so away from her house, and today she ran five miles! Talk about an improvement for the both of us.
At the end of our run we arrived at my house. I grabbed two cold water bottles from my fridge and, sitting outside at the top of my stairs, we watched the sun go down in all our sweat and glory.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin — Sink/Let It Sway
Head low but you gotta let it sway
Just a few days ago my friend asked me to send her some of my music selections, and I had planned to direct her to the Autumn playlist I made last November until I realized that we are currently on summer vacation and I thought, “Why not make an entirely new playlist? I mean, I have accumulated a good number of new songs since then.”
This is the result of that thought. I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope you enjoy the songs just as much as I do.
Download here (red “Download” button) or here (gray “Download This File” button.)
Coffee with my friend last week before she left to the Dominican Republic for Global Glimpse.
Part I of my Florida trip
I want so badly to focus on the present and to move forward, but I can’t help thinking that then was so much better than now. I torture myself with the recollection of past conversations, old photos from last year, and the undeniable reality that I’ve lost my worth to certain friends, leading them to treat me in a lesser manner than they used to. What I fail to understand is why growing comfortable almost always means losing the very thing that made the friendship so genuine and captivating in the first place.