Alright, So I have waited long enough. I was waiting to tell the world because I wanted to make sure it was do-able. Basically, I wasn’t confident in myself. But I feel like, with the help of a couple buddies, I have reached that confidence level. So here it is! Two of my friends and I have decided to run a marathon. Eeee. See, now that I told you I HAVE to do it. I can’t back out now. It’s out there for you to hold me accountable to. That’s scary.
We are officially over a month into training. I think we have reached the point that there is no turning back. We now know that it is possible, achievable, and obtainable. (See what I did there? I used three synonyms to make my point sound more dramatic. But they all mean the same thing) No excuses!
Other than running a lot, my life has been going fairly smoothly. I have missed China a lot but I am working on being present in the present. Like wrapping a smaller gift inside a bigger one. But the gift is life, and I’m inside it? I don’t really know where I was going with that one…
I have been on a sort of “reading ADHD binge”. I think I’ve started three different books in the past three weeks and haven’t finished one of them. But I am going to be more intentional on getting to that last page.
One of the books I am reading, ‘Tender Warrior,” by Stu Weber, talks about how a man should have a vision. That is something that has been fairly difficult for me because I live so much in the now, and don’t necessarily plan for the future. Like my professor always says, “Use the lessons of the past to make decisions in the present and plan for the future.” I drop the ball on the latter. I am really good at using my lessons from the past. At least I would like to think I am. And I’m all over the present. You know, my whole gift-life analogy I used up there^ really exemplified that.
But planning for the future. I am still working on that. I believe that the Lord has a plan for me, so I take that for granted and don’t act on the things that I should. Just because God knows what I will do, and has an incredible life planned for me, it still requires that I take action to achieve those goals. So, that is something I will be focusing on. Planning for the future, while still living in my life-wrapped gift.
On a lighter note, there are only three weeks left of school! Then I will be coming down that home stretch of the college life. Whew. Almost there! I can just see it now…
Watched the “Art of Flight” movie the other night. If you haven’t heard of it, it is one of the greatest snowboarding documentaries ever made. Probably because Redbull made it and they are insane. There was a line at the very end of the movie though that sparked up a conversation between my brother and I.
There was an older man, comparative to the twenty-somethings in most of the movie, and he talked about how ever since he was 12 he knew that he would be snowboarding for the rest of his life. And we thought, man that would be fun. Hanging out with your bros, shredding some pow, going hard all day, then kicking back and relaxing whenever.
And yes. That would be “fun.” But having thought on that, Where is the purpose in living a life like that? Who are you bettering other than your own selfish desires? And this is in no way placing judgment on this one guy. For all I know, he could be impacting the people around him and sharing his story with those he rides with. But for me, I know I would get caught up in myself if I were chasing something like that. I am going to strive to change the world by changing the lives around me. Hey, who knows?! Maybe it will be by snowboarding…but probably not.
So if you ever hear of me snowboarding my life way. Come find me, slap me in the face, and break my board in half.
Okay, well don’t actually break it. But take it away then sell it and use the money for something that betters someone’s life. How bout a kid named Peter. I’m sure you could find a Peter somewhere out there that needs help.
So let’s all join in in helping Peter. He’s out there waiting. Go run to him. And give him a snowboard.