rant

Life is a marathon…

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here and a lot has changed. I’m starting a new job this upcoming Monday and I’m moving to a new place in a month!

The Houston Marathon was a miss in terms of hitting my time goal, but there were a lot of other developments.  I finished the marathon in 4:33:43, WAY slower than the sub-4:00 that I trained for! On the day of the race, I had a terrible attitude once I realized that my goal was slipping away from me early in the run (~ mile 5!!).

I’m going to warn you now– this is going to sound extremely cliche, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, just stop reading.  I’m making an analogy about my life being like a marathon.  During the marathon, I was so focused on making my goal, that I didn’t let myself enjoy the race when things weren’t going my way! But life is like that– there’s always going to be obstacles and setbacks, but you have to learn to enjoy the journey.

I hate to admit it, but I’m guilty of being one of those people who has always been obsessed with reaching goals and  feel disappointed in myself if I’m not there yet. But the truth is, I’ve come a long way in many aspects of life and I ought to be proud of my accomplishments instead of focusing on what I haven’t done or what I don’t have.  Not to say that I shouldn’t have goals, but that I ought to be happy with my life as it is.  After all, this is it!

Regardless of what I’m trying to achieve, life is now and I can’t enjoy it if I’m convinced that I need to reach some goal in the future to be truly happy with myself. The good news is, I’m generally an optimistic person and believe that the mind is an extremely powerful tool in situations like this one. It’s really just a slight shift in attitude for me to take enjoyment in the present, no matter the situation.

Back on the subject of running, it didn’t take long for me to pick another race to train for– the Chicago Marathon.  Turns out, I’ve become a bit of a fair-weather runner, so my training has been minimal and often, on treadmills (ick!). I’ve decided to let go of my sub-4:00 goal and I’ll try to PR (but it’s okay if I don’t!) but more importantly, I want to enjoy the race!  I’m thankful to have an upcoming race to keep me motivated and thankful that I have friends that are coming with me to Chicago.  🙂 Also, I think I’m going to take a break from marathons after Chicago…

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I Walk Away…

I can’t control other people’s actions or decisions but I can control how I am and how I choose to react to others.  Things have been a bit hectic for me lately and negativity has barged it’s ugly head into my life.  I’ve had to really think about how I want to handle things and how to maintain the positivity and happiness that I once had.  It sounds easy, but I find it often takes a lot of strength and determination to simply walk away from negativity.

I’m not a pessimistic person.  In fact, on the optimism spectrum, I would say I fall in the realistic/optimistic range.  Despite the circumstances, I know I’m lucky to have such great friends that have been there for me and remind me that I deserve to be happy and yes, I CAN walk away from negative people and situations.  I just have to choose a path and stick to it.

2 Cats != Crazy Cat Lady

Like that?  A little bit of my nerdiness there, haha (I’m referring to the usage of “!=” instead of “not equal” in case that wasn’t clear).

Today, I’m going to write about a pet peeve of mine.  It goes like this:  say I’m talking to a friend– no, more like an acquaintance.  And I tell her that I have two cats.  Her immediate response: “Ohh, I’m not a cat person.”

Really?  That’s the best response you could come up with?

When you have your first child and I see him/her for the first time, I’m going to say, “Ohh, babies are so ugly.”  BAM, right back at ya.  Seriously, what happened to not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say?  An “oh, that’s nice” would have sufficed. (No offense to babies, they are sometimes cute, sometimes funny looking.)

Along those same lines, when I had a boyfriend, having two cats wasn’t a big deal.  Then, we broke up and suddenly I’m this crazy cat lady.

“Hey Jess, how are your ten cats?”
“I only have two.”
“Yeah, same difference, you’re on your way.”

I’m not even making this up!  It wasn’t even my idea to get the cats (though I do love my cats very much).  I just love animals!  Before the cats, I had three hamsters: Hermes, Houdini, and Homer.  I would have dogs too if they weren’t such a huge responsibility.  I’m thinking one day I’ll get dogs and I bet suddenly it’ll be okay that I have cats too.

Aren’t they adorable??