elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

New Normal

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This morning I woke up early enough to meet my friends at the pool. Keeping busy and being with others is just what I need right now. Even my dogs notice the void of Kosey being gone. My swim went well. Since I am still not eating the typical healthy diet I normally do, I have noticed I am a little slower in the pool and I cramped during a kick set. Despite this, I was able to swim 2,675 meters (the cramp cut me short 25 meters…) which is the furthest I have gone since getting sick. This evening I rode my bike on the trainer. I am getting the hang of it, the speed is still showing a very slow pace compared to what I ride on the road. After talking to a few friends, they experience the same thing on fluid trainers, so I am not going to fret about it.

I want to say it feels good to be getting back to my normal routine. But what is normal anyway? One thing that is certain, changes happen. Some I have control over, most I do not. No matter how much I may plan, life happens. Today in general was a good day – I had two good workouts, work went well, I met a new friend and had a good lunch conversation – and I still feel blue. Yes, this is to be expected. I have far from hidden my love of music and how lyrics impact me. A popular song right now has inspired me. Carry On by Fun.

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

There really is not another choice. I have to carry on. Change brings a new normal, even little changes. The blues will pass. Spring should be here soon – the gray, rain, and cold lately will only give way to snow soon – but it really is only for a season. And with spring comes the newness of things, good changes hopefully, and warmer days. So today I will carry on. Change may be right around the corner.

Author: 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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