Friday, January 3, 2020

Turning the page on 2019

Keep moving forward
Farewell to 2019. It was a good year but also heartbreaking too. I know many friends are eager to turn the page on the year. I’m only sad to see it end because quite honestly the years are speeding by too quickly and I just want life to slow down. I look at the boys, in a hurry to grow up — Will, turning 21 in a few weeks, (and reminding me he’ll be “legal” soon. Uh huh.) Chip, 18 and ready to fly the coop, awaiting his college decisions. I just want to stop the clock for a while and stay in this moment a little longer.

This year was definitely one of gratitude — especially of  Mike and the boys who I love to pieces, and of the genuine friendships I have. I rode a lot less this year, but I stepped up my running game to train for an event in Alaska that didn’t quite work out. That endeavor ended a friendship, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ no regrets there.

Aside from the drama, I had such an amazing adventure in Alaska amongst the mountains, glaciers and fjords — that little Jeep took me places! And it’s true I was afraid I’d run into a bear on the singletrack in Kincaid, or on my hike out in Hope, but that only added to the exhilaration. I can’t wait to go back!

My friends pick me up emotionally and literally — including Ingrid, out in Hawaii (who came to Boston for a few days before I left for Alaska); Team Horsefish, who call themselves bitches but they’re the best people I know; and Amy and Jennifer, who I found waiting for me at baggage claim, (with coffee), after 20 hours of travel from Anchorage — again, Best. People. I. Know.

Maybe I could have ridden more, or ran more — the back half of the year fell apart on me — but I’m o.k. with that.

Family, friendship, love and laughter. I’m grateful for all I have. Happy New Year!