Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Summer “Vacation”

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for everybody to waste a little time with.  It’s been a busy summer to say the least!  I hope everybody got a chance to enjoy some time with family or friends during the nice weather and relax a little bit.  For me it’s been quite the wild few months.  Let’s start off with the biggest news coming out of my summer vacation… I got myself a fiancee!  This had been in the planning for a few months and I’m happy to report that Laura had absolutely no idea it was coming.  The look on her face when she realized what was happening is one of those moments that I’ll be able to paint a picture of for the rest of my life.  The most amazing part is that a group of 5 kids who were in on the whole thing from the start managed to keep the secret!  It really was an amazing night.
In other happenings we got to spend some quality family time in Wisconsin, and then Laura and I got to spend 4 days sans kids up north as well.  It was great to get some quiet time just the two of us.  Seen as how we got to play pretty hard this summer, that had to be accompanied by a bunch of hard work as well.  Obviously my hard work didn’t include writing, but we’re getting back to that now too.  A mentor I had worked with for a few years decide to move on to other opportunities earlier this summer and so that meant quite the uptick in my working time, but it was good.  I always talk about needing to get out of my comfort zone to grow, well this was the perfect opportunity to do just that.  
One thing that I kept coming back to over this summer while the different events were happening, was my frame of mind.  Some things I made sure to happen, others were forced upon me by the simple nature of things, but in most cases I feel like I was able to make the most of it.  I know that sounds cheesy and cliched, but there’s some truth to this.  Here’s another cliche for you, life is 95% how we respond to or handle situations.  I really like this.  This isn’t something I’ve always been good at, but I’m getting better and it’s something I like talking about so here we are!  Life happens.  Life doesn’t happen to us, or things don’t happen in life with the sole purpose of plotting against us, life just happens.  We can’t control that part.  It’s foolish to even try.  Good things are going to happen, and obviously we can try to steer toward those things as much as possible, but bad things are going to happen as well.  In the end very little control can be invoked there.  All we can control is our reaction to or handling of the things that we’re presented with.  Again, not claiming to be perfect but I have enjoyed this little stretch I’ve gone on here where I’ve spent more time than usual thinking about how I want my life to look, and understanding the how behind controlling that.  It’s reduced my stress, increased my enjoyment and satisfaction, and overall made this quite the excellent Summer Vacation.

Now back to school and hopefully to start running again!