“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” Lao Tzu said that.... I wish him and I could go to lunch because he always has me fired up about something. And right now it's simply that, being concerned with my reaction and attitude about life.
Monday we arrived home to what I'm pretty sure was the best "Finish line airport party" ever! It was a complete surprise, it moved me beyond tears and brought about such a flood of "What wonderful people I get to know and live on an island with". It was so special. Wendy organized something like 40 of the greatest people I know to share in the "Welcome home", and now the house smells like a big flower garden from all the lei's! Being home feels...the exact same.
Except for one or two small things...
My inbox was literally flooded with emails, texts messages continued to fill my phone for 2 days later, and I even got phone calls! (That's very excessive for a girl like me). People called for interviews, I've done 5 already. A magazine called, a shoe company reached out, and I got flowers (lots of them). At the moment I can't relate to this, none of it, my life consists more of phone calls to hit the beach, not answer questions. My texts are all about how late I am to practice because I'm in school traffic dropping off Kainoa. And my emails, those are mostly all from my mom. Okay, the flowers I'm no stranger too, Masuda and Kainoa pick them often for me...
I was given a spa day, complete with hot tub, oils and salts that landed into a massage. A local actupunturist reached out to offer free services for recovery too! It all made me feel beyond spoiled, maybe even a little uncomfortable, but I of course appreciated it. At the end of the day though, it feels so nice to just be home, to be at the ocean with my friends that tease me, to wear the same shorts everyday, and to shop for papayas at 7 for $2 bucks...the simple life.
The outpouring of kindness has been very beautiful and of course means so much to me. Part of me says, "It was just an Ironman, there is so much more to life", and the other part of me says, "IT WAS AN IRONMAN, SERIOUSLY HOW AWESOME", and then I pinch myself. I guess it's a matter of staying grounded, realizing a dream that came true, and then of course...reaching for more. I am a girl who always wants to go for more in this life, in fact taking it easy this week is a challenge, I crave life to the fullest!
Being home also means time to appreciate the wonderful people that help make this life possible. I've been trying to find ways to creatively thank them. One person that was new to my life is Susan B Cox. Do you know of her? She was recently inducted into the triathlon hall of fame and was my bike escort during the run! I tried to talk to her out running, she wouldn't talk to me at all (she said she was just following the rules and not wanting to distract her runner). Well, we got to chat at the midnight finish line and through some emails, she is simply wonderful! At 75 years young she can still beat (a lot) of people in swimbikerun! I love that she was MY BIKE LEADER for the entire marathon! (I usually change, a few times during the run...).
Home sweet home,