I have a son who is a level 10 gymnast. This has taken many years of working out 5-6 days a week for at least 4 hours a day. Learning how to stretch and contort his body in ways that on occasion hurts for me to watch. He does this because he loves it, he has loved it from the beginning and I drive him where he needs to be, encourage his growth and let him choose his path. I know he has hopes of college scholarships which are hard to come by and he hopes to help coach in the future. The hours and hours I’ve spent in the car supporting his dedication are worth it, I love being a part of his dream.
And this is where my 3 paragraph rant used to be about parents who don’t show up or bring the grandparents, uncles, aunts or cousins to the 1 local competition a year. Now it’s one sentence.
My brother and his awesome family drove 2.5 hours to come watch him compete this weekend and it meant so much to me and my son! I am so grateful for family! Of course now their 3 young children are bouncing and rolling around their house lol and thus begins the next generation of gymnasts.
Some days the panic I feel is so overwhelming, like I’m in the bottom of a deep chasm and I can’t find a way out. Who leaps from a sad but safe ship into the abyss with no plan, no training, no career or way to support themselves?
But doesn’t the sky look amazing from down here. Did I recognize how blue the sky was when I wasn’t in this hole? Maybe it was something that was taken for granted. Now the opportunity is here to recognize it and begin the journey to reach it.
My Christmas road trip took us through Antelope Canyon. In the middle of a large unassuming field, there is a crack in the ground that doesn’t look like much. Once you descend steep metal ladders to the bottom, the colors and textures of walls years in the making are beautiful and haunting. There are several formations that have been named like; The Lion, The Lady in the Wind, The Eagle Flying and The Chief. Years of water wore down the walls to become this beautiful place that I highly recommend visiting. I really enjoyed the Lower Antelope Canyon Tour group, their tour guides were so informative. It was crowded even in the winter, but if you point the camera the right way it looks like you are the only one there.
Maybe all the years of becoming me is why I am at the bottom of the chasm looking up at what I am becoming. I think she is someone worth visiting too.
Taking control of my life landed me in the passenger seat of a RV on an amazing road trip. It was so fun in many ways, I have been the driver for the last 20 years on all family road trips, I love driving but it makes it hard to enjoy the scenery. I’m fascinated driving places I’ve never been and looking at the houses, stores, yards, I love to wonder about the people who live there. I soaked up every mile of being in the passenger seat. Thats not to say I didn’t enjoy learning how to drive the RV down the freeway at 75 miles per hour in the dark lol, I enjoyed it all.
My boyfriend and I decided to take a road trip over Christmas break when neither of us had our kids. He found an amazing deal on a RV that needed to get from Las Vegas to Phoenix the same week we were traveling and so we took it!
I’ve never actually traveled in a RV before, I’ve spent the night camping in a camper in my grandparents back yard so this whole experience was new. The bed was less then comfortable, the shower was about 2 feet too small for my companion to fit in and it had a tendency to turn off the heat around 4:30 every morning until we could find which fuse needed to be pulled and reinserted. Let me tell you when it’s 10 degrees outside the RV doesn’t hold on to any warmth for long.
And I loved it. Watching the scenery change from Vegas to the mountains to the grandeur of Zion National Park, and then beyond it to Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon and finally Phoenix was so beautiful. I was quiet and contemplative watching the journey and I hope that didn’t make me a boring travel buddy. I took over 600 photos on my iPhone lol and I was told I should probably be more discriminating with my pictures but I wanted to capture every tiny detail of the beauty.
I definitely love where this road is taking me.