Oh hi, I’m back. Sorry for the delay here. I know y’all are probably expecting an update regarding the success of Jump for Diabetes – it was huge (that’s what she said) – but I’m still working on compiling photos and video and getting the last of the donations tallied before we make any official statements on this year’s events.
That said, I didn’t want y’all to think I completely fell off the blogging map, so I wanted to swing by and say hi.
My head is swimming from the weekend as you might imagine. Fifteen skydives in three days where the average temperature was 100 degrees will wear anyone out. But it was a great weekend with great friends and believe it or not I already can’t wait till next year to see everyone again. Or, you know, the next time I decide to make a trip to Skydive Chicago for shits and giggles.
Now that I’m back on solid ground, and back to the grind, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time reflecting on my life for the past half decade or so. Skydiving has taught me so much about the person I am and what I’m capable of accomplishing, but there have been so many other “life lessons” learned in my 20s. Some of these lessons were harder than others, but all continue to have an impact on my decisions day-to-day.
It really is true that the human spirit is stronger than you think, and especially for me, I continue to find more strength each and every day.
I’m looking forward to the next few months that I’ve already dedicated as me time. I intend to be selfish, to take care of my needs and wants before that of others – not only do I need this, I’ve earned it. There’s no doubt that this will come as a surprise to some, others likely won’t believe it till it affects them, and I’m even sitting here right now wondering how it’s all going to unfold. Truth be told, I don’t really care if I disappoint or even piss people off a bit, I’m tired of always putting myself behind the “needs” of others, because the truth is, if I can live my life without relying on the time and effort of those around me in the same way that those closest to me often do, then they’ll survive while I take care of me for a while.
So what’s this time look like? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure, but in my mind I see lots of yoga, travel, cuddling with my dog, reading, writing and of course skydiving. Quality time with friends and family, new adventures, standing my ground with what I need and want – these are the things my selfish dreams are made of. I am truly excited for what lies ahead.
What does the rest of your summer look like?