Thursday, January 23, 2014

Addiction

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Denise asked us to write about the following:  Is it ever better to not know the truth? If so, give an example.

A few weeks ago, someone made a random comment to me about addictions.  In short, they said it's interesting the things we can be addicted to.  That addictions aren't just bad things like drugs, alcohol, etc.  I found the fact that this was coming from this particular person interesting (and somewhat amusing) because I have to confess - I'm addicted to their hugs.

Yes, I'm addicted to a hug.  But not just any hug.  It's a hug that makes me feel at home and at peace.  I could be in the worst of moods and within seconds of experiencing this hug feel better many times over. Like the squishy, broken in pillow you've had for years that you secretly wrap your arms around at night so you can relax and go to sleep.  It's the precious place where your heart feels safe to live, love, grow and just be... all at the same time.

Now, at first you're probably asking yourself why I consider this a bad thing.  Wouldn't that be an awesome thing to be addicted to, and to experience?  However, the truth is that I don't get hugs from this individual often (at least recently), and I'm not really sure when I will get another again.  If at all.

As I come to terms with this fact I begin to wonder if it's a good thing to know the truth about this special hug.  That such a hug even exists.  A hug that took no time to cultivate... it just was right there in front of me the second I wrapped my arms around this person, and they wrapped theirs around me.  Is it better to have hugged and lost, then to never hugged at all?

Right now I'm leaning toward saying it isn't, but I guess time will tell. 

Please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about whether it is or isn't good to know the truth:

Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

iResolve

This week for the Thursday Blog Project, Sara asked us to write about New Years Resolutions.  More specifically: Since it's the day after the 1st, let's reflect on past resolutions. Which ones did you say you'd do and actually did, which ones did you say you'd do, but never did? If you aren't big into resolutions, tell us why you aren't.

To my recollection I do not recall making resolutions for 2013.  I even looked back on my blog to see if I wrote something that looked remotely like a resolution, and I didn't.  Okay!  Okay!  I might have said something in my 2012 birthday post about doing more races or book review... but I'm pretty sure I didn't resolved to do anything (at least not formally).  

The first half of the year was focused on three things.... obtaining my weight loss goal, making new friends and moving.  If those were "resolutions" than I can say without a doubt I was successful.  Actually, not only did I do all those things, all of them enhanced and improved my life many, many, many times over.  All three of these things have in someway come together want fed off each other to make life better.  I believe my weight loss gave me a confidence I didn't have before and made me feel better about myself.  This feeling helped me when I was meeting new people and let's face it, part of making my new place, and area, "home" are the new people in my life.  

As for things I didn't do... I didn't race as much.  However, the races I did do where epic.  Okay, maybe the first wasn't as epic as the other, but I challenge anyone to get up at the crack-ass of dawn to run a race in the cold.  Honestly, that is one thing I can say with fairly strong certainty I will NEVER do again, but at least I can say I did it.  The other races - climbing 52 flights of stair of the John Hancock building, a 10 mile race that ended on the 50 yard line of Solider Field AND last, but not at all least ... a Half Marathon - challenged me and made me realize that I'm stronger than I  give myself credit for.

It's been quite a year.  I'm sure I'm missing something, but since I don't really resolve to do much there isn't much for me to reflect back on.  

Since that is the case, please take a moment to see what my fellow bloggers have to say about the New Years Resolutions they made for 2013:


Momarock (Sara)

Merryland Girl (Melissa)

Darwin Shrugged (Denise)