Thursday, November 19, 2009

Life is Definately in the Way; but somehow I am at peace with that?

About a month ago, I entered a blogging contest that would have had me going to the Olympics had I won. I know I write well, and I love to tell life stories, I thought this would be a grand adventure, right up my alley so to speak. I thought about what I had to do to stand above the crowd, strategized, and began the competition period by writing frequently. What I didn't anticipate is that life would somehow, suddenly, grind every once of spare energy and bit of time out of me. I found that I suddenly had no time for the basics, and blogging was cut out of the equation.
In the meantime, one of my REALLY good friends made it to the semi-finals. I have spent the past week in a state of both joy and jealousy. Kelly, if you read this I mean no offense by it. I am so happy for you. If someone has to win, I would hope it would be someone I know and I would be even more thrilled if it were a friend.
I think my feelings are generated from the competitive beginnings of our relationship. You see, Kelly and I met at a speedskating meet. It was her first and my first after a VERY long 22 year hiatus. We were both a bucket of nerves. When I think back to all the situations we have been in together since I know that for the purposes of this contest, she is definitely better suited than me. Yet there is a little piece of me that is so envious. (:0)
My life in that past few weeks has been in interesting range of experiences, from putting together a very strong and cohesive body of work that I heartbreakrokenly wished more of my friends and colleagues had gotten the chance to view, to preparing for an upcoming panel discussion at a conference, to running a coaching clinic for US Speedskating. I have also been writing letters and sending packages to women soldiers who are deployed in various branches of the military. Exercise has consisted of on ice work about 6-7 hours a week. I know that I have to step that up soon, and keep telling myself that the oval will be open shortly...yet I also know that this holiday week will have me in London chaperoning a trip. Damn, life looks like it plans on staying in the way for sometime. I think I am tired? Do I have time to be tired?

In your travels, I hope you can visit Kelly's blog http://momsgotblog.blogspot.com/ and then vote https://www.officewintergames.com/default.aspx . Another good friend who has made it to the student semi-finals of the same contest is Christi, and her blog can be found http://www.lakeplacidskater.blogspot.com/. Both would bring much character to the OLYMPIC experience.

I am off and running somewhere...in which direction am I expected again?

2 comments:

Amy said...

Sigh... I have no words of wisdom for you, except that I keep running up against "life" in my attempts to wear hats other than that of wife, mom, and teacher. I'm not sure how it's all going to work out, but it's a constant source of frustration for me. Enjoy London!

K Pugliano said...

Lisa, you are an amazing writer and your use of the word is at its finest when I read your blog!

I wish we were both in this contest!

Thank you for all the support and encouragement.

Can't wait to skate with you this season!

Enjoy your spo' of tea across the pond!