After a long hiatus, I have returned!! It’s a new year, and I’m ready to be writing again.
The past nearly year has certainly given me things to write about, but I have felt restricted, both because of work and because of maybe just growing older and feeling a bit more private, and that perhaps the internet does not provide that. But I’m throwing that out the window, in hopes with the hope that no one very important is reading my words. And that if they are, I will become famous and fabulous, a la Dooce. And if not, whatever. Life will continue. Hopefully.
So let’s see…since May, I have ended a relationship, recovered through the fantastic efforts of running and improv, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and subsequently went through surgery, my aunt was fatally hit by a bicycle and I just had really truly the most wonderful Christmas season that I remember. I think I have become much more comfortable in my life, in my job, in my Self. I feel confident (generally) about where shit is going, even if I really don’t know where I’ll end up. I have, to some degree, simply been too busy to write, or at least too busy to write in a way I felt was adequately filtered. So here’s to a new attitude of freedom. I hope to just be more open. Sometimes. Oh!!! And most importantly, I got the iPhone 4S! That’s super important. So hopefully I can provide some updating on there. Maybe even photos.
First, for the running. I started running in August, as sort of an experiment, and then it ended up being a way to cope with the end of a relationship I believed would actually work (whatever that means). It was an incredible help, and actually made the process pretty painless. I started being proud of just being able to run 1 mile at a time, and I have now gone 4 miles. Amazing, right? I also am signed up to run in a half marathon in Nashville, TN at the end of April, which is super scary and super exciting.
We re-signed our lease, so I will be living in the land of the hipsters for another year yet, and that makes me so incredibly pleased. I have been loving the hipster area, and my wonderful roommates. I feel like I get this gift of being young, and I finally understand how awesome it is.
Improv. I am saving the best for last. I started taking classes maybe early August? And I just began my level 3 classes this week. It is so much fun, and I still get this knot in my stomach before performing, or even before I go to class, and it has been super rewarding to work past that, recognize it as just fear to work through, and get past that. It has a curious parallel to running–both of them are difficult, but if you push through, so incredibly rewarding. I do think they have helped me to live in the moment a bit more. And running may have the chemical advantage, but improv is so. much. fun. I feel like I get the awesome part of childhood (freedom! release! passion!) with the fantastic part of adulthood (money!). Obviously, I still have certain responsibilities, but they are really truly limited. I am so selfish in my life, and I love it!! I know this cannot continue forever, but I just relish in it right now. And that’s really cool.
I hope this finds you well also, and I do hope to continue the new year with more frequent updates. Even if they are just about these new passions.