I did a bunch of reflecting on the past year - not just because I've aged, but because I am back in Saratoga Springs for my summer job. Stepping on campus, it feels like I've never left. I've been doing this job since 2006, and I always love coming back. Coming back means starting a new season, and it made me pause and account for the past year.
I've grown up a lot. At this point, you'd think that the growing up was over, but that is not the case. This time last year, I told my good friend Jenny that I was entering a time of uncertainty and unknowns. It was the end of a relationship, among other things, and to say I felt like I was just stumbling. And after months of struggling, I started to come out on the other side of the tunnel. Training for and running the Boston Marathon helped -- I felt on top of the world, and I got to the marathon because of my efforts, and no one else's. It was definitely a big turning point and a great step in a new direction.
This morning I was re-reading a wonderful book, The Present, which I first read last summer when I was trying to figure things out. It taught me a lot and gave me a great sense of perspective -- I highly recommend it. Re-reading it was wonderful - it reminded of how I felt then and how I feel now - big difference. I can stand on 2 feet, can stand tall, and run with a stride. Amazing what a difference a year makes.