From the office, to the road, from climbing mountains to seeing friends, from running to skiing... why is it so hard to live in the present?
WYI RUN... Living within each step. When you are pushing yourself to a limit, you can only feel the now.
2/6: Woke at 3 a.m. to drive from San Diego to San Francisco to skip all of the traffic. It worked, but I was beat. Got out for a 6 Mile Run on the pier and then again for a trail run in the afternoon.
2/7: Found another track, not as glamorous this time around, but got in my workout 10 Miles: 5 x 1 Mile repeats and a swim later in the afternoon.
2/9: I got in my 14 Miles before the last fair in Palo Alto
2/10: After driving up to Truckee, I made the decision to jump in a 15k Nordic Race. Oh man, how humbling. I went in with the notion that my endurance would carry me through....um.. unfortunately, you need skills as well as the ability to ski fast downhill and can't pizza plow. I wasn't last and will be out again so step up my game. I continued to nordic ski all day! My cousin Matty, rocked it.
Life on the road...
I have been having lots of conversations about future plans, living life, and continuing on a certain track. Whether it is what you want, what someone else wants, or what you are supposed to do. We all make decisions based on a slew of reasons and we are all in it to make the 'right' one. So much so, that we may avoid making decisions, afraid of making the wrong choice.
Sometimes, I catch myself complaining about one thing and then doing something else, only to complain about that as well. It is not so much that I am unhappy, but more a pressure of, 'I should do more' as opposed to relishing in the moment that I am in and being able to advantage of opportunities I have without worrying about making that 'wrong' decision.
Through my travels, I have been able to meet new people, see old friends and ski with my cousins and through each conversation, this theme of, 'What's next?' always arises. As we ski the most gorgeous terrain in Truckee, California or as we eat at a 'farm to table' restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco, we can't help but be drawn to where our life could/should go and how to make it 'perfect' (my least favorite word in the world).
Here is what I have learned; it won't be perfect and may not even be well-balanced, but again, we can work to get there and at the same time enjoy the journey we take. One decision does not (in most cases) seal the fate of your destiny. One decision is rather a road to travel to another decision and on these roads come obstacles giving us the option to get through, over, under them however we please. As my mission to promote NOLS keeps me on the road and my heartstrings sometimes get pulled back home, I strive to here as much as possible and challenge you to do the same.