Well, I got to the pool yesterday. I want to say God Bless my friends, Diana who went with me, Pat, who helped me get ready, Linda and Liz for your sweet prayers. It took a small army to get me there, but I got there. I am so happy I went through with it. I wanted to back out, I had a melt down right before, but I went. I know it would be find once I got there. And it was. I even made some new friends. If you know anything about me, I love to make friends, and will chat with anyone willing to talk. It’s actually something I sometimes have to put a restrain on. But I love people, I can’t help it.
Seriously, the power of friendship can move mountains. In my case, 300 pounds. I could not take this journey alone. I had someone recently tell me that I was building an army around me of supportive people who would go with me on my journey, I totally believe that. I took a big chunk out of Diana’s day yesterday. She could have gone to the Y alone and been done in half the time, but she was so generous, patient and merciful. I believe Diana will have so many beautiful jewels in her crown in heaven that she will need a wagon to carry it around. We went to beauty school together, our friendship has gone through a revival in the last year, and I am so grateful for her.
There are a lot of Meme’s on Facebook about friends still being there even when we do not see each other for years,, bla, blah, blah… I do not like that theory about friendship at all! I believe we should honor and cherish relationships, which includes nurturing those relationships we love the most. I regret the years I was to “busy” to chase Diana down and spend time with her. I know I will step on a few toes here, but the older I get the more I realize who I value most in my life, and I do not want a funeral to be the next time I see someone who has meaning in my life. Having Diana back in my life has made me realize how I want to start honoring and nurturing relationships that mean most to me.
I am very sore today. Much more that I thought I would be. It’s ok, I know it is temporary, but honestly, I did not expect to feel this much pain. I am going to take today slow, really slow. I will be getting back in the pool on Monday, then Wednesday, and Friday. In a few weeks it won’t be such a big event in my life, just part of my week. I believe this is a big corner I am turning in my journey to good health.
So my message to you all today, is to be brave. Take a chance on yourself. Go do something you fear doing even a little bit, that you know would be good for you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Get support from those who love you most. There are no words to say how good it feels, and you won’t believe the pay off. These are the giant steps in our lives that can make you achieve things you never imagined before!