Monday, 23 June 2008


All things in balance - that's my desire for my life.

In my early 20s, I had a pretty good balance. I left graduate school because it didn't leave room for balance. I played rugby, and trained to a degree that would let me play at a level that would challenge me yet not require me to do this to the exclusion of all else (to the disappointment of my obsessed friends...who, to their credit, are now playing for the national team). I had friends, and a dating life, and was in touch with my family. My job, however, sucked.

In my late 20s, I had a great job that I pursued to the exclusion of lots of other things. Fitness, first of all, but also creative pursuits like writing and photography. I did, however, have a good social life and a wedding to the love of my life.

At 30, I'm not loving my job (though I try not to talk about it here too much - lack of privacy on the internet and all) so I'm taking this time to re-focus on: balance. I'm making sure I use all my vacation days. I'm leaving the job at work. I'm running and traveling and eating well. I'm making sure to maintain connections with friends and family while I'm far from them.

Which brings me to: the lack of running this last week, and into next week. I need some time away from my life, so we took a city break this weekend, and I didn't even "pretend" that I was going to run. Instead, we walked a lot. We are going to Glastonbury, and I won't be running there. I am not hashing this week - I need to pack up, and right now the vacation is the highest priority for me. But I'll be back running during the second half of my long, much needed vacation.

I'm putting my running into perspective, and finding balance (I hope)!


Joe said...

No need to explain. Go vacation! Go relax! Go have fun! And maybe bring me back something too if it's not too much trouble! :)

Jess said...

Balance is always a tricky one. Looks like you're focusing on all the right areas though!

bill carter said...

Very cool post. You have to have balance in your life or at least to the highest degree possible. The one thing that has become such an issue is the lack of one's own time. You have to sort of carve out "me" time the best you can.

Best of luck with the training and I always enjoy hearing about the cool places you go.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

If you figure out the secret, please let me know. Balance is a tough one for me too. Too many things I would love to be doing and too many things I have to be doing....

Have a great vaca!!

Laura N said...

You do tend to wise up in your 30s. I wonder what happens when you turn 40? (which will be me in 1 year and 10 months, not that I'm counting)

Hope you are loving your holiday!