“Rest and be thankful.” ~ William Wordsworth
Normally about this time I would be heading to the gym or out for a run or even work (yuck!). Not today. I’ve decided that as 2013 comes to a close I need a day off, a day to rest and reflect, a day to mentally prepare for 2013 ending and 2014 beginning. This is the time of year that so many articles are posted on the internet about letting go, moving on, and making peace with the past. That is exactly what I intend to do today.
2013 was a truly excruciating year. Between issues with Max and learning about his profound hearing loss, a miscarriage on mother’s day, my dad dying, summer time discombobulation, relationship woes, and a tough beginning of the school year I wonder how I was able to come out of all of it still breathing and right side up. I’m ready to let all of this go, to be finished mourning the losses, to end the regrets I have, and to march into 2014 with a clean slate, ready to take back my life.
I’m even going to take the day off from working out, from running, from stretching, from all of it. With all the new stretches and exercises I’ve been doing in order to improve my running, plus the running itself, my legs are sore! It’s a good kind of sore, one that shows me that these muscles have been underutilized for a long time, the kind of sore that shows me that I am actually doing something and making progress. I love how I feel after a good workout and run, but every now and then it’s good to take a break. It keeps me motivated and aching (literally) to get back into my routine. Plus, with the goals I’ve set for January, I need a day to simply mentally and physically prepare.
So today I rest and reflect and let go, for tomorrow is not only a new day, but a new month and a new year and I plan on making it fabulous.