11 Mar Beginning and Ending
Beginning of the lake…Ending of the pier. The icy water moved sluggishly under solidified ice pumpkins shifting aimlessly atop. A study in contrasts. Ignoring streaks of muddy brown, the white-blue surface ice could have been a mirror image of the white-blue overhead clouds of the sky. Mother Nature is like that, providing magical reflections—beginnings, endings.
Story: On my early morning outing today I replayed an old playlist. ‘The song’ started as I headed up a hill. Instantly recognizable because it is forever etched in my mind. It was an association with the past, the sort of thing that stays lodged in the vault of memory banks. Here’s the scenario from that day in the past:
It was cold, breezy…beside a river with no respite from the wind. Mile 18 of my marathon with few runners (joggers, ‘get-this-over-with-soon-please plodders, and myself) left on the course. Medics hovering on those bikes, circling us like vultures. Prey? or Pray? I had left the beginning hours ago; I was nowhere near the ending.
What happened in the end? Even though It felt never-ending, I eventually crossed the Finish Line. I still recall the mantras and self-talk, the discovery of that last bite of a gel hidden in my pocket. The ending that day did not go as I had planned at the beginning. My coaches always insisted that we have another race/goal on the books beforehand, for exactly a race-ending scenario like this—one that leaves us defeated, deflated, and discouraged. Yet we all know that after endings, come beginnings. Therein lies hope…awakening of a new dream…a stirring of renewed energy…
As life cycles from beginning to ending, we experience a decline in our physical ability. Not easy to navigate and certainly not easy to accept. What was normal has changed. We can quit; we can stop pursuing our active lifestyle. Or we can modify and adapt to the ‘new normal’; move on from an ‘ending’ and find our new ‘beginning’. Most of all, we can change the way we think about it. And when we do, we can in a new way, begin again.
Seth Godin: ‘Every normal is a new normal, until it is replaced by another one.’
Maya Angelou: ‘What you’re suppose to do if you don’t like a thing is change it. And if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.’
Thank you for reading. Stay safe and always look to new beginnings, ~Linda