When the weather gets cold I stop riding my bike outside. I'm wimpy like that. I don't even ride my three speed to the post office even though it is only two miles away. My husband will pull on booties and a balaclava and ride in winds that make snot freeze. Great visual, right? Not me. I used to head to the gym and ride or use the rowing machines and hold my breath so that the germs couldn't get me. But, that's almost 5 months of unhappy exercise.
Then, ironically, in the heat of the summer, I started to swim. The pool did not love me at first, but I loved it anyway. Both my husband and son swam competitively while I spent years on the sidelines, but no more.
The first few weeks were difficult. I knew how to swim, but couldn't get the right rhythm in my stroke to breathe and keep going for more than a few laps. And then one day, it just clicked while I wasn't even thing about it.
When was the last time you tried to master something new?
For me swimming has become more than keeping fit. It's a metaphor for so many things and it it is mine alone to both revere and master. When I am underwater I am lighter than air. I can now swim a half mile ( that's 36 laps in an indoor pool) a day. Sometimes, I drift off in thought though, and lose count.
My friend Janell said she admired my commitment to exercise, but it's not that exactly. It's a commitment to me and the life I try to lead. It's not always easy and when my still damp hair literally froze on the way back to my car on Monday I had second thoughts. But, I knew I'd go back tomorrow.
Put another marshmallow in your hot chocolate and kiss the ones you love,
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to
change them yourself.
Change is in the air. I can feel it. Everyone is talking about it. It's the action that seems to be the hard part. But, it is not elusive.
I would like to say that I am flexible, that I embrace
change, but I do not. When I was thinking about writing this post, I asked my
husband if I was good with change. Now, that is a loaded question to ask a man
you have known for 25 years.
"You are good with change when it is your idea, but it
takes a lot of convincing when it is not." That's an understatement. He
smiles, kisses me on the cheek and walks out of the room.
I am learning that there is a fine line to be in control of
your business and to be flexible at the same time. I'm not sure that my first
instinct will ever be to embrace change, even when it is inevitable, but I'm
working on it.
It's a good exercise to give up a little control even when
it's your name on the box. I'll let you know how it's going as the year
progresses. I hope you'll let me know how it's going for you.
Valentine map jewelry from a 1954 Vintage Atlas. Who knew the US had so many towns named Valentine? There were a few more, but they just didn't look right in the bezels. For you or the one you love. A gift so that the one you love, kisses you, xoSherry A new disclaimer in my shop: I am a small independent designer and each piece is crafted with care
and love. Please respect the integrity of my original designs and
refrain from purchasing from those who copy.
Not that it will protect me legally, it's just to make me feel better. :)