Little Smiles

It is the little things in life that make me smile. Like being able to rotate my left ankle in a complete circle and not feel pain. Granted, I did it slowly, but I did it. Today also was the first day that I was able to get out of the pool without having someone give a hand to stand me up. I was able to maneuver standing up with minimal pressure on my left foot, and no pain. Like a 9 month old baby, I smiled at my ability to stand all by myself. Before some of you worry that I am going to try and run this weekend, I am not – you can rest assured (and maybe smile a little). Although I sure am thinking of when I can make a try of it…

This week truly has been a learning experience for me. I am listening more to my body than ever. This morning I had a swim workout planned for my training partner and me. Her plan was for 3,000 meters and I told her I will swim until my body says done. That happened at 2,000 meters. And unbeknownst to me the 2,000 meter swim took me over 200,000 meters year to date that I have swum. So I had a little smile at that little milestone.

An injury and a set back in training is a big thing. Looking for the little things that are good can get crowded out. My spirits today were lifted because I am feeling a little better, a little thing to make me smile. I am also realizing just how important each day is and no moments should be taken for granted. We plan and plan for the expected things in life.  I had my training schedule mapped out through the end of the year practically and then my ankle sprain changed things. That certainly was not planned, but I am adapting. There are several question marks now in my plan, but I only have today for sure. So I will make the most of the day, with the little things and the little smiles.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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