I’m glad April is over. The past 5 weeks have been both challenging and rewarding, with both ups and downs. But I’m glad it’s done. In fact, I just may stay up until midnight tonight to celebrate and pretend a whole new year is starting on May 1st. Why not, right? Many of you reading this know what has happened, both good and bad, so this is more for those of you who don’t (typically those not on Facebook to check out our office updates — www.facebook.com/StoneFamilyChiro).
It started with the passing of my mother. Without going into any detail, she passed away on March 31st & we will have a service for her in May. If you want to know more about it, feel free to contact me privately. I have no problem talking about it, I just don’t want to put it here, but it was the major “down” and “challenge” in this past month.
So that was a huge emotional drain. It happened during what should have been a “heavy” training week in preparation for a Half Ironman that I was training for. Instead, it became a week of minimal/no training and plenty of family time. Family time that showed how close my sisters and I are to each other. Family time that was spent with all those we love. That was most important.
On April 17th I traveled to New Orleans for the race. The days prior to the race was rainy, heavy winds & cold. But come race day it was sunny, windy and in the 80’s. The last time I had tried to do a race of this distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) I was badly injured in a bad bike accident, and that was nine years ago. As a result, I was never able to start, let alone finish the race. It took more than a year to get back on a bike. And then I just dabbled in triathlons. I became a mom. My office got busier. Life got busier.
I made excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t race it again. Most of those excuses were valid, but this past year I found the energy and time to dedicate to that level of training. So getting to the starting line was a big deal. And finishing it was even more important to me. Regardless of my finish time or place, I felt like I won. I won the battle of the accident and the comeback. I was no longer afraid.
I had some friends, my niece and son at the finish line waiting for me. I broke into tears after all the emotion of the prior three weeks. I thought of my mom. I thought of the accident. I was happy I finished faster than I expected. I was happy it wasn’t pouring rain but I was complaining it was so hot. And there we are, another mixed emotion. Up & down again.
So when was the last time you did something that challenged you? When was the last time you finished something that you started months or years ago? We only live one life, we should make the most of it and be the best we can be. I know that I tried. I know that weekly chiropractic adjustments have helped keep me injury free, healthy and performing well. If you are struggling in your life in some area, can you take one more step and push yourself a little more? Can you believe in yourself? Can you get adjusted regularly to keep yourself functioning at your best? Try it. I did and it works.
Bring on the month of May!
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