Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was preparing to run in the Valparaiso YMCA Ringing in Spring 5k run. Well, I did it! I’m not even extremely embarrassed about my finish time! To top it off, I even walked home – it felt great. Mostly, it felt great to accomplish a little something I’d set my mind to!
The weather was a bit gloomy. It threatened to drizzle the entire time, but by the time we were finishing up, the sun peeped out and the day became glorious! So glorious in fact, we decided we should all go celebrate (and diminish the calorie deficit I might have had from the run) by going out for breakfast at Jimmy’s Diner downtown!
While the best part of Saturday was reaching a goal, it was also great to be a part of a hugely successful community event. Surrounded by hundreds of people from the Northwest Indiana community was great. Knowing that everyone there had a goal to reach, wanted to participate in a community activity or wanted to support the YMCA was fantastic.
I may never run a marathon, or break the tape at a 5K, but doing something for yourself is a guilty pleasure that us parents rarely take advantage of. This is the year I change that. This is the year I pay a little more attention to myself. I might have mentioned this before here. Ok, I have definitely mentioned it. What can I say? It’s on my mind.
My children are young, so it’s normal that I’m still lolling around in the fog of days and nights solely devoted to them but now that my youngest is approaching three, I can take a few steps back. I can go out for a nice dinner and not have to worry about rushing back to feed her. I can head up to Chicago for an evening with friends and know that she’ll be alright with her dad until I get back. I can work hard to go from a non-runner to a “jogger” (if that’s what you call the little shuffle I do) and finish a 5K with good time. I’m taking back a little “me” time. What are you doing?