Today is the day!
Today begins a new chapter in my life, an open door to endless possibilities waiting to be discovered.
Many friends have stepped up to help me with this transition and I am so happy to welcome this day with my friend Elena of Ciao Mom by my side. She is one of the most supportive bloggers I know and I am so honored that she agreed to write a guest post today.
Elena and I tweet quite a bit, getting little snippets of our lives shared in 140 characters or less. She is a fellow athlete and a kindred spirit when it comes to life stories. She shares about family, the ups and downs of everyday life and being a cancer survivor.
The more I learn of Elena, the more I love her. She is a woman I could linger over conversation with whether over a cappuccino at an Italian cafe, or glass of wine by the fire on the patio.
Please welcome Elena as she shares this fabulous post on Reclaiming Me.
I was once cancer patient. Now I am a survivor.
I was once a girl with long hair. Now I wear my short pixie cut with pride.
I was once a woman who could not have a baby. Now I have a six year old that makes me laugh until I cry.
I was once a woman who cried while running around a lake training for a marathon. Now I have run two marathons and four half marathons.
I was once a woman who asked for a divorce. Now I revel in being given a second chance at love.
I was once a woman afraid to ride her bike after being spooked on a hill. Now I am training to compete in my second triathlon.
There comes a point in ones life when you are faced with reality. The reality of now. The reality of your dreams. The reality of wishing. For me, this point came earlier this year, when I realized that enough was enough. I had been spiraling in and out of me for a while, even though my life was for all appearances sake, perfect. Newly remarried to a man that I love deeply, achieving professional success, and moving into the next phase of my life. And yet, I was unhappy. Tears welled up in my eyes more than laughter found it’s way to my mouth. I had gained weight, and was running less, which for me is akin to the perfect storm.
I had to take steps, take action. So I did. I began a process that I called “Reclaiming Me: on the inside and out” because I knew that somewhere along the way, I had gotten stuck. I had gotten caught up in a version of me that was standing in the way of the real me, whoever that was.
The truth is that what we once were makes us who we are now. But it is what lies ahead that is really what our reclaiming is all about. Realizing that while it is best to come as you are, sometimes that you, has been overshadowed and is unable to take the steps. So reclaiming me is about doing those things, taking those steps, making it happen.
I attended the Type A Parent conference a few days ago, where I heard author Patti Digh, ask an entire room, what they would do if they knew they only had 37 days to live. To say that chills ran through my body would not do the emotion she evoked enough justice. But the more I think about it, I know. Reclaiming Me is not an option. It is a must. It is not a choice. It is a necessity. For me, for my family. Taking care of me regardless of the ups and downs is the only way that I can know that if my life were to end in 37 days, I would have been the best me I could be.
As Patti Digh said, “Life is a verb,” and I am thankful to be living it.
Thank you so much to Kelly who is allowing me to share this story of Reclaiming Me just as she sets out on her own reclaiming.
See? I told you. She is just fabulous! Please get to know Elena by following her on Twitter. Are you on Facebook? Ciao Mom is too! Give it a “like” and keep up with Elena’s news. Check out Elena’s blog to read more on the “Reclaiming Me” series.
Elena, thank you for being here today and helping me embrace the “Reclaiming Me” philosophy!
How are you making every day count? Share in the comments below.