Sunday, September 7, 2014

40 + 11

As the dog days of summer turn into the early signs of Fall (although in Florida, we are still enduring conditions that feel like you are walking on the Sun)…it comes to that time to celebrate and reflect on my life..

Another birthday has arrived...

I remember in my teens and 20's..it was about what you would get in those wrapped boxes and blowing out the candles.  Then birthdays became about getting older..and milestones…

And one day, a doctor told me I wouldn't see my 40th birthday..and that's when my counting of years changed.

When I took the healthier fork in the road, I started counting from that fateful 40th birthday and to this day, I still say I am 40 + _ how many years it has been.  It reminds me that I must be here for a purpose because I have made it through quite a number of events that could have taken my life…

I mean..how many people do you know that have run into the back of a dump truck at 50mph and walked away? Or..had a heart attack standing in the Emergency Room Waiting room and had their husband resuscitate them?  Or go through a surgery where 1 in 4 survive..and you get to be the 1?

I NEVER take for granted how blessed I am…and I am alway searching for that reason…that purpose..the journey and destination that the big guy upstairs has in mind for this soul.  There must be a reason I am still here..I just want to make sure I find out what it is.

And I learn so much from those around me.  I learn how a cancer patient who is facing difficult odds holds her head high (sans hair) and looks beautiful, happy and positive doing it.  I have watched incredible challenged athletes accomplish goals far beyond their abilities…those with no legs..and even missing an arm…and they go out and show the world that anything is possible…

Anything is possible…You just have to believe…talk it into existence .  Put people around you that BELIEVE in you…have a positive word…that support you even when the tears flow and the doubts creep in…

Fake it until you make it…

Or just work your butt off until it happens…

My 8th Half Ironman is just 21 days from today…and I want it to be the best race of my life….but honestly…how can it NOT BE.  First off…Im still here…breathing and living life.  Second…I have had amazing people along the way who have brought me to this place….coaches, friends, family and total strangers who gave me advice, stuck by me and encouraged me when others just thought I was a lost cause.  I am so blessed and so happy with where I am … and who I am and it is because of those people..no matter how little or how much they contributed.  They are the reason I am who I am.

Happy Birthday indeed…A blessing of another year that I will never take for granted..

21 days until Ironman Augusta 70.3…and then…who knows…the future is bright indeed…

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