A Break from the Normal. Thoughts on Life and Friendship.

I am sure there are more than enough people writing about this. I have not taken the time to read or watch many of the news stories about it, but I do know that we lost a very talented person from this world. Robin Williams was an icon of our time, and his films and work will last in my heart and on the screen for years and years to come. He was an actor that I grew up with and loved. Between the genius of the Genie in Aladdin, Peter in Hook, and being Mrs. Doubtfire herself (to name some of my favorites), he kept myself and millions of others entertained throughout my childhood. As I grew up, I discovered other masterpieces of Williams acting, which entertained me in an entirely different way, yet I loved just the same.

I know that not everyone will have this same sentiment, I know that not everyone loved every movie or show that he did – and I didn’t love everything that he was an actor in or produced on stage or on screen – but seriously, who is going to love every bit of work that we each do in this lifetime? Irregardless of how you feel about Williams or his acting, the world truly lost a beautiful mind yesterday. 

Since the passing of Robin Williams, I have seen the following quote circling around the internet:

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.”

It comes from a movie that Williams was in during 2009 (which I personally have not seen), and was a line spoken by Williams. I’m sure it will be quoted again and again in the coming days, but when I read it, it hit home. There is so much truth wrapped up in this one statement. As someone who found herself with people in her life like those referred to above, this quote rang close to home.

I know I am getting more in depth than normal on this blog, but I think this is an important topic. The people in your life can either nurture you and help you to grow, or they can slowly block you from the sunlight, make the world seem dark and lonely. You need to choose your friends, those that you really let into your life, wisely. 

Looking back on the past 30 years of my life, I can easily identify the times of my happiest days. They were among those who took time to truly understand me, and I took the time to understand them. Those relationships that just kind of clicked, without drama, without judgement, without worry or fear of what others might think. The relationships that were easy and uneventful.  

Respect. Trust. Love.

The three pillars that relationships are built on.

Respect. Trust. Love. 

Built from from shared experiences, adventures, the laughter and fun that accompanies life.

Respect. Trust. Love.

From getting to know someone and truly inviting them into your life. 

Respect. Trust. Love.

These three pillars surround the best friendships, help hold up the clouds, and let happiness shine through. 

And when the clouds push down, those three pillars – Respect. Trust. Love. – As long as the integrity of the pillars has been cared for and has not been compromised, can withstand the storm, and leave you with people to dance in the rain with. People that will readily defend you. Protect you, pick you up when you stumble.

Because we all stumble. 

We each try our best each and every day, but at some point, no matter how hard you try, you will trip.  Or maybe you’ll even just flat out face-plant. I know I’ve been there. It’s at that point you know who is really in your corner, who you really have a true relationship with. And who is going to be there through thick and thin. The ones that do not waiver. 

Those with no hidden agenda, ready to tell the honest truth, to provide perspective when you just cannot find it. Those you can really count on, those that step forward and show you their true loyalty, those that are standing there ready to dance in the rain with you.

And once you know who those people are, you need to rely on the foundation and pillars built, care for those pillars, and then you can only hope and pray that at someday you will be able to repay those people for being there when you needed them most. 
 
I am fortunate to be able to say that I truly have number of strong friends who have constantly and consistently been there for me. Friends who have provided perspective on what true friendship means. Friends who picked me up after making the same mistakes made time and time again because my heart just wasn’t ready to let go of something yet, even though I truly already knew it was time to move on to a new adventure.

Friends who I do not believe I’ll ever truly be able to repay, but that I hope that I might repay even a sliver of what they have provided to me. Friends that just might read this and know that I feel forever indebted to, and would do anything to return the love and support that I’ve received. Not only in this past year, but in the 29 years prior. 

I know I am blessed to have these individuals in my life. For the times they encouraged me, the times when they have scolded me, and the times they have provided perspective and have shown they care – despite choices made. These individuals that have been there mean more to me than they could ever truly know, appreciate, or realize. 

As I promised near the beginning of this post, this was more in-depth and personal than normal for this blog – but with the passing of Robin Williams and the circumstances surrounding it, one is reminded how truly short life is, how blessed we are to have a chance at it, and how quickly things can change. And obviously, while I didn’t know Williams personally, his sudden departure from this world struck me.  It reminded me of others that I knew and cared for that have passed, others that were taken too soon from this world, that were too talented, and had too much to offer.

Life is short. Perspective is important. True friends are a blessing.

Weekly Workouts// 

Not too much to report on this front – I’ve been taken out by a lingering cold that made itself well known and apparent this week. While I’ve been bummed that I’ve been sitting on the sidelines, I’ve been appreciating the time to relax (always have to look for and find the silver lining). 

  • Monday – AM – Swim 2050 – Fast 50’s… not my fastest, but it’s been a while since I’d seen the pool. 
  • Monday – PM – Long Run – 2 hours, 25 minutes – 15 miles, the wheels fell off after mile 12… 
  • Tuesday –Recovery Ride – Rest Day – Cancelled Workouts
  • Wednesday – AM Swim/PM Run – Rest Day – Cancelled Workouts
  • Thursday – 30 Minute Run
  • Friday – 50 Minute Swim/Run Brick
  • Saturday – 50 Minute Brick Rest Day – Cancelled Pre-Race Brick
  • Sunday – Caz Tri – Plan to get better, failed. 

Weekly Totals//

  • Swim – 8250 yards – 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Bike – None
  • Run –  22.2 Miles, 3 Hours, 25 minutes
  • Total Time – 4 Hours, 30 minutes

Weekly Photo Recap//

I only have one photo this week. A photo from my long run as I made my way back from Caz Lake. We really do live in a beautiful world. #lovecountryroads

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