If we were having coffee, I’d be so grateful that you joined me on this last long weekend of summer to sit and chat for a while. I’d tell you that I’m sad summer is winding down already. It flew by much too quickly.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that although I have been out of school for many, many years (ok, make that decades) – and my children have been out of school for a long time as well – I still associate Labour Day with the return to school and the beginning of a new year. It is significantly more meaningful to me in setting new goals and making plans than the beginning of the calendar year.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it never ceases to amaze me how much more we are capable of doing than we think is possible. That reminder came to me this week compliments of my new running coach. I was NOT HAPPY with him this week. He sent me an updated 6 week training program and it specified target running speeds that I had never come close to achieving before. It looked like it was intended for someone else.
When he assured me it WAS my program and he really did think it was achievable, I decided he didn’t have a clue what he was doing – in truth, my inner dialogue used considerably stronger language. I was already mentally composing the scathing email I was going to send him after I attempted the impossible hill workout and had proven how out-to-lunch he was.
Do I really need to say it?
To my considerable surprise, I succeeded in doing the workout – all 7 hill repeats at the ridiculous speed he wanted. I had to eat crow – a lot of it. How did he know I could do something I had never done before – by a wide margin? Was it comfortable? Hell no!! – it was godawful hard – but I got it done inspite of all my misgivings.
The conclusion I’ve come to this week is that we all need someone like that in our lives to push us – kicking and screaming – outside of our comfort zones once in a while – if only so we can be totally amazed at what we are capable of doing.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the absolute highlight of my week was going to meet with my “cyber sister” – Maggie Wilson at The Zombies Ate My Brains. Since I discovered Maggie’s blog this past April, it’s been like regularly hearing from an old friend I have known forever.
We decided we simply had to meet and it was both exciting and a little bit scary – but not surprisingly, Maggie is as witty, funny and delightful in person as she is on her blog. Click here for her post about our afternoon together.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how your week went and how you feel as the summer starts to unofficially come to a close.