Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Life Is Beautiful

It's not always easy, but it's definitely worth it....To enjoy the thrill of flying downhill on a bike, you have to climb up beforehand.

Illustration - Albert & Marie
My roommate is a pro triathlete from France. He often says "Life is Beautiful" and I couldn't agree more. But the times when I have seen this the most, are often in the little things - in the roughest, rockiest times of life, or when I was not looking for or expecting something big, a small piece of realizing how much I love life sneaks in. This happens often when I am way outside my comfort zone. I live for these small, beautiful moments.

I will share a few of my recent Life Is Beautiful moments:
  • That moment in training when I really think I'm DONE, and I somehow go harder or hang on a little longer, realizing it doesn't hurt any more than it was before.
  • Laughing. Loudly.
  • Sitting on a swing at sunset (say that 10x fast - HA!) on top of a mountain.
  • Crying. Because I care.
  • Dancing - everyone should dance more in my opinion. In your kitchen, out, wherever - just dance a little. Just like singing like a rockstar in the car - I love this also.
  • Losing. It's good. It keeps me coming back to try again and appreciating the wins.
  • Running on trails like I'm 12 years old.
  • That tired, hanging-on-til-I-can't-anymore feeling that only comes from Ironman training, and is completely crazy, but makes me feel very alive.
You only get one life. Live it.