Controversial perspective: 2020 wasn’t all bad!
Sure, my grandfather passed and we couldn’t honor him properly because of COVID-19 restrictions. Our country had some major turmoil on several fronts. I was VERY under-employed for several weeks. My marathons were all cancelled/postponed. I was injured this Fall and had to severely cut back my miles. My financial and personal goals were GREATLY altered. I didn’t get any mountain time. The new company that I’m creating is off to a VERY slow start due to all of the COVD restrictions. I couldn’t make music in groups and in public arenas. People I know and love had to battle COVID-19 and its effects. But 2020 wasn’t THAT bad!
Yes, all of the aforementioned items stank. But you know what didn’t stink??
I was blessed to make dinner for my husband (almost) every night.
I became a morning runner! After being an afternoon/evening runner for my entire life, I turned into a morning runner!
I’ve had several friendships become stronger than ever.
I explored more areas of my neighborhood/city on foot, as I had more time on my hands.
I was able to establish a solid cross training routine (still tweaking it, but it’s pretty awesome!)
I was able to explore new recipes and foods that I’ve never cooked before!
I’ve bad the best sleep of my life this year!
I didn’t get sick all year. I usually get a bad cold/flu 3 or 4 times a year, but with more sleep, better nutrition and self care, and less human contact, this is the first year that I didn’t get sick!
I made great progress with my therapists!
I started a book club! We read some great books and had some awesome conversations. Talk about growth!
I ran 1694 miles this year! I’ve never ran that many miles in one year!!
While I had some very important personal goals for 2020 that were crushed, obliterated, broke my heart into a zillion pieces, I have learned that my timeline isn’t necessarily God’s plan for us, and to trust the big things to him and his plan, not my precious timeline.
My house has never been so clean and organized!
I witnessed the strength, the optimism, and the resilience of young children making sense of a difficult time in history.
I’m going into 2021 with big goals. No crappy year, like 2020, can take that away from me. I have running goals, financial/business goals, personal goals all lined up and ready to achieve. Nothing can keep me from achieving my dreams, I’m too strong for that!
Happy trails, my strong friends!