If you’ve known me long enough (or well enough), you’ve come to learn that I don’t do well without a task. Whether that task is to make people before 110% better at the end of a training session, finish up the rest of my 15 page undergraduate research paper, or simply do an oil change on my motorcycle, I am always looking for something that has an end result. Sometimes, though, that inhibits you from appreciating all of the connections you’ve made along the way. I’ve made connections with people, with God, with animals, with machines, with Mother Nature. And sadly, day by day, some of those connections are taken for granted. To me, that is highly unacceptable. So on Earth Day, I sit here in a restaurant sipping my water (after eating some eggs, sausage and gluten-free pancakes) after a CRAZY leg day. I’m seeing single mothers have lunch with her two daughters too young to sit in the booth; I’m seeing two elderly women discuss patterns and colors for a project they are working on together; I’m seeing husband and wife share a lunch together after such a busy week.
We have all fallen victim to waltzing through life, staring at the flowers in the grass. But maybe, we haven’t been admiring the magnificence of the blue sky, the air conditioning in your car, or the clothes on your body. When you stop and take the time to really look at EVERYTHING, the whole world is different. I live a fast-paced life, multiple jobs, and a million to-do’s written on a piece of paper in my backpack. Writing this post is thanks to the abundance of reading I have been doing about our miraculous human body, the love of my boyfriend, dogs and family, the guidance of my mentors and the dedication of my peers to serve as a great model to those around them. Chase after your dreams. Write them everywhere! A whiteboard or a bathroom mirror instead of just a piece of paper you can crumple up and throw away. See these things EVERY DAY and know the Universe is pulling these things together to see you flourish. Embrace it.