December 22, 2012
With Christmas and the New Year around the corner and the devastating events that transpired last week in Newtown behind us, it's time to take a hard look at our lives. Who are we? Who have we become? Who will our children become? How safe are we really? How safe can we possibly be? How much love can we give? How much hate can we forgive?
With devastating storms, difficult politics, doomsday threats and an inconceivable tragedy to struggle with both physically and emotionally, I know that what got me through all of this were my workouts at JoyRide. When I get on the bike and "dance" to the beat or cry it out or hoot and holler to let it out, it has been my therapy for bad situations and my celebration for good ones. I take that one hour to myself no matter what is going on in my busy life or with the outside world. I use that hour to release in whatever way necessary to get me through the day. With this year behind us, let’s take what we will with us, leave the rest behind and move forward.
Let’s do what we pledge to do every year -- but this time keep our promise to make 2013 a new and wonderful year in a big way. Let us pledge to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Let us promise to never let a day go by without saying "I love you" to our children, or giving a friend a hug or our parents a call. Let’s keep that resolution to put down the old habits of cigarettes or wine, to pick up that new hobby we have always wanted to learn and to take care of ourselves as we should. Let’s not try to make this a difficult task or a big deal; let's simply start slow to create a new lifestyle within our old one.
Let’s start with eating more greens, flossing on even days of the month and getting on that spin bike twice a week. Let’s put down our cell phones and play Candyland with our little ones or take our big ones out for a froyo. Let’s stop Words with Friends and have lunch with a real friend. Let's put down People Magazine and sit by the river with a latte watching real people go by. Let’s turn away from Facebook and snuggle with our spouses while watching a favorite movie. Let’s make it delightful and exciting to turn off the outside world once a day and spend time really knowing our friends and loved ones. The rest of the world will be there waiting when we return -- I promise!