“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
I was selfish in the way that you sometimes just have to be; January was spent in mental overdrive. Some words found their way onto the right screen at the right time and with the right oomph:
Well alright then! No more sitting, waiting, wishing.
As all of the best adventures should, these started with the good people in life who surprise you when you least expect it. The people who hand you an air mattress and a shoulder and say ‘let’s go for a run’; the people who don’t question the how’s or why’s but instead say ‘we’re here’ (even when they then travel halfway around the world for months); the people who know you for less than 48 hours before anteing up their faith (and rent) in good timing and saying ‘just stay’.
Then these adventures started checking boxes. This year had a tall order: I met the people that taught me the things, went places I had never been before, ran trails and roads in new states and cities, and said “Yes” (Sure! Why not!) more often than not.
(This could also arguably be considered the year quotes took control.)
I gave my mind time off from goals and calculating running paces and saving instead taking trips and wondering whether or not that last glass of champagne would hurt the next morning (of course it will, just have some H2O with it). I did things out of discomfort, reaching for experiences. I made choices based on little debate, because some of the best stories come from the most foolish decisions. My world collided with people who have changed everything.
When you say “yes”, you get an extra night in Yosemite’s Curry Village with your sister, a tattoo, a sun-and-spiked-slushy overdose in Hilton Head, four days in Acadia National Park capped with a sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, free rides on a jet ski, an ass-kicking from Tony Horton, a hat-trick race with the Runner’s World crew, and nights of bottomless champagne deemed “BNE”s.
You get prepped and ready for the next adventure, whatever it may be (well, in this case it’s a trip to Africa). You get to look back on 365 days that changed everything and set you up for the next round. You get to think life has some pretty amazing destinations in mind when you let it do some of the steering. You get to finally say “Lessons. Learned.”
“Do what you love, and do it often.”
Done. Cheers, 2013!