Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Carpe Diem

My journey to the grave won't be with a well preserved body. I'll skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand & wine in the other, totally worn out & screaming, "WOOHOO! WHAT A RIDE!"
This is the quote on my friend Alyssa's Facebook page.  She died on Thursday in a car accident leaving three kids without their mom.  She was a rock climber, Search and Rescue volunteer, ultrarunner, super mom and friend to so many.  I never actually met Alyssa face to face but had an extensive email friendship with Alyssa a couple of years ago.  I have a Facebook message in my inbox right now from her that I didn't get a chance to reply to.  She was always willing to help others and give solid advice when asked. 

Alyssa's untimely death at age 40 has made me think.  I wonder if I am doing enough, am I trying hard enough, do I spend enough time with my son, husband and friends, do I keep my house too clean and miss out on other more important things?  Do I exercise too much, not enough?  Spend too much time on my forum or not enough?

It's time to plan 2011.  Races, goals, work, things that need to be accomplished.  I will look at this planning differently this year.  Thank you Alyssa for making me want to do more and be a better person.  You will be missed by so many, especially your kids.  Thank you for touching my life.

Seize the day.  Do something for someone else.  Be a good person.  Set your goals high.  Laugh.  Skip.  Play.  Make someone smile.