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.

11 comments:

Damie said...

absolutely! :)

jameson said...

word.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

What? Male pro triathlete roommate? Do your parents know?

Trishie said...

Love it.

Steve said...

That was a good update Charisa. Just so you know. :)

JC said...

so great!

Angi Axmann said...

SO TRUE!!!

Kiet said...

Indeed it is, after our phone talk last night, I told Jason for some reason, hard or boring workouts are always easier with Charisa!

Matt said...

great stuff!!

Ordinarylife said...

Excellent advice. And I totally agree - life is beautiful.

itsagoodmorning said...

"To enjoy the thrill of flying downhill on a bike, you have to climb up beforehand." I always remind myself this on the trails - be it mountain biking or running. But the best views come after the climb!

I may have to head out to one of those downhill parks at Whistler or here in MN in Duluth. Ride up a chairlift with your bike and just enjoy the downhill.