Living for the Moment

I didn’t feel much like writing last week. I’ve done a lot of reflecting over life. Yes, just life.

As you may know, I am running the Rock n Roll New Orleans race next weekend with Team in Training. My original honored heroes were going to be Gabby and Cooper…and last week, I re-added another to my list. A few years ago, When I did the Goofy Challenge, I ran for one of my sorority sisters husbands, Wheeler.  I’m heartbroken to say, he lost his battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma last week.IMG_0978

To say this has rocked my world is an understatement.  For one, I am so sad for his two little ones and his wife (who we will call M). M has been so strong throughout all of this and incredibly inspiring. I wanted to DO something to help. I didn’t want to just donate in his name or send flowers or food, so I organized a private FB group for all of my sorority sisters. The generosity and outpouring of love and support was beautiful. I’m excited for what we will be able to do for M over the coming months (it’s a surprise).

In addition to this, I have another friend in the hospital right now after having an emergency C section because she was sick with pneumonia/flu, a friend of a friend who has gone missing in Texas, a friend of a friend who took their own life, and as many runners know, Meg’s story.

It’s all been sadness. Raw emotion, tears, anger. In addition to all of these feelings, it has been eye opening.

I am not one to live with regret, doubt, or my glass half empty. My life is incredibly full and I know it. I am thankful for it. But all that I wrote about above, makes me cherish it even more. I want to DO it all. Literally. And so I am.

I debated on taking a trip this summer with my boyfriends to Barcelona and Amsterdam (for Pride). This past weekend, I booked it. Almost all my miles, gone. And I don’t care. Alaska hotel is booked and excursions are being planned (GLACIER HIKING). I still have free nights (earned from work travel) to book a few more races and hope to finalize those by the end of the month.

I’m going to make a bucket list for the things I’ve been wanting to do in Atlanta for 10 years now and haven’t (museums, climb stone mountain, go hiking in the north Georgia mountains). I’m going to go back to yoga.

I’m going to learn to cook Lebanese food this year and start learning Arabic.

I’m taking a photography class this weekend to try and figure this SLR camera thing out once and for all (it didn’t quite sink in the first time).

I’m going to volunteer more. Not that monetary donations aren’t great, but if I can’t financially afford to give to every charity I want to give to, I can at least give my time. It’s free.

Funny enough, last week I read an article on what people regret once they are older. I (of course) can’t find it again on the internets but here is something similar with a lot of the same points. And this one, which I could definitely work on a bit more.

If I’ve learned anything in the past week, it’s to hug your loved ones tight, live life to the fullest, and be thankful for what you have. We are only given one life and it’s up to us what we do with it. I’m choosing to fill mine with staying active, love, giving, and travel.

What’s one thing you could change this year or take off your bucket list? 

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  • So very sorry for all the sadness lately. Yes, life is fleeting for sure and I think you’re taking a great lesson from all of the adversity. Volunteering is awesome. I’ve always taken epic trips and we continue to do that as a family. It’s not the toys the kids will remember in years to come, but the experiences. That what life is all about to me. Hugs!

  • You have one of the best hearts of anyone I’ve met, online or IRL. I’m sorry for all the sad recently. One of the things I love most about you, is you’re immediate desire to take action – what a great plan you’ve set in place. <3

  • Ah, hugs to you. You are so young to have so much sadness going on around you. I have found that my 40s have been chockfull of that kind of thing–it’s very hard.

    Love that you are going to live your goals–something too few people ever do. Smart girl!

  • Wow, tough week. Sending you big e-hugs.

    I like your response to all the stress. A little life evaluation and a look towards enhancing the awesomeness you are already doing. I agree. I’ve been in the ATL for 5+ years and there is still so much to explore.

    This year I want to tackle an ultramarathon and knock it off my bucket list.

  • I’m so sorry about all those tragic happenings, big hugs! Love the fact you use this as reminder to live NOW, so often we forget to live because we are so occupied with work. You will have a busy but so fun 2014 and can’t wait to hear all the updates!! Is there any specific reason you want to learn to cook Lebanese and speak Arabic? That’s very unique!

  • such a great post Elizabeth! I think its fabulous how your and your sorority sisters were able to rally so quickly and be able to help M. Thank you for posting Meg’s story. All that happened while in Hawaii so I was really confused when I kept seeing all these bloggers doing a memorial run— crazy to think that can easily happen to anyone.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE bucket lists- i think you’ll find great satisfaction anytime you’re able to cross off a little bit each year 🙂

  • That’s a lot of loss and pain to have to contend with. I hold you near and dear in my thoughts and in my heart. I want you to come visit! After my surgery to keep me in line 🙂 Long weekend? Do a race in SF? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEZE?

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