The other night my husband and I were sitting at a baseball game with our friend Jeff. His son, Sam, just completed his freshman year of high school, and I commented about how quickly time is going. Later, I thought about how Sam will graduate in just three years. Because my mind is often filled with crazy random thoughts that spin out of control, Sam’s future graduation led me to think about all the changes that would occur in the next three years, and how those years will pass so very quickly.
In just three years…
- Addison – my baby – will be halfway through college, and she will be 20 years old.
- Bethany will have a couple of years of teaching under her belt (Lord, I hope she finds a job in that three years.)
- Morgan will be nearing 30 years old. Yikes.
- Layne will be starting kindergarten.
- Rhett will be 3 1/2, and following his big brother around.
- Molly will be driving.
- Lucy will enter her teen years.
- Gabe will hit double digits.
- The first class I had as third graders will be graduating.
- My first eighth graders will be starting their senior year.
- And I….well, I will be 50, no longer able to deny middle age (Hell, I will be just about past middle age. What comes after that? Upper middle age?).
Add to that list that loved ones will die, babies will be born, new friends will be made, and lives will be changed, whether it be for the better or worse, by choice or circumstance. Just three years.
So, what is the point of all of this? It enables me to see how quickly our lives evolve, how change is inevitable, and that I had better make the best of each day rather than letting those three years pass without making them count. What changes do I want to make in those three years? Who do I want to be three years from now? What goals do I have? Here it goes…
- I want to continue to run. That might sound simple, but with the knee issues I have had, it is no longer a given that I will run into my twilight years. I want to take care of my body so that I can continue to do what I love.
- I want to continue to teach classes at the gym, and hopefully inspire a few people to love their bodies, and to never give up on themselves. In the past two years, I have made so many incredible friends through Everbody’s; I am blessed by their presence in my life.
- I will continue to grow and learn as a teacher. I will care about my students, encourage my students, and help them find their talents. I am so fortunate to have such a great job, and I will not take that for granted.
- I will stay fit and strong. I will continue to cross train, and set a positive example for our kids and grandkids.
- I want to be living in town within the next three years (in a house with a large yard and a pool).
- I need to work on taking time for prayer. I always wait until I go to bed, and then my mind wanders like crazy. I will be in a big old conversation with God, and suddenly I am thinking about what to wear to school the next day. I need to focus.
- I will run sprints. I will run sprints. I will run sprints. I don’t like sprints, but know they are good for me, so I will do it.
- I will stop avoiding running up Mozart. Just like sprints, hill work is a necessary evil. I will run hills.
And, there are some things I know won’t change in three years:
- I will still dislike most vegetables. Give it up, Mother.
- I will stay say stupid crap without thinking.
- I will still be neurotic about arriving places early.
- I will still like candy, dessert, and junk food.
- I will still tell my girls what to do, even though they’ll all be adults.
- I will still tell Gary where to go when he is driving.
- I will still use sarcasm when I probably shouldn’t.
Where will you be in three years? Will you make that time count? It’s just three years.
A couple other random thoughts for the evening…
Thanks to all who read and shared my last blog about accepting homosexuals. It was read by over 1700 people. That might not seem like a big deal, but 1700 readers learned that this happens to real families with real feelings. If that blog makes even one person think twice about how he or she treats others, it was worth the effort. Just be nice.
Running. My goodness, we went from a long, cold winter straight into hot, humid weather. I am not complaining (because I complained all winter about the cold), but my running is suffering tremendously. Six weeks ago I ran 13.1 miles in a race; now I am struggling to run three miles. I committed to the Runner’s World Running Streak, which means I will run at least a mile every day for 40 days, from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. I finished day seven today. I thought this might help me build back up my endurance, and it forces me to exercise every single day. I am also doing more walking because my daughters like to go. This is the first time that all three girls have been home for an extended period of time in a few years, so it also gives me time to spend with them.
Make this week count! You won’t get a do-over. Peace and Love..