This morning, I saw a quote by Toni Morrison, “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
I loved this so much and this quote just spoke to me. It reminded me of a recent experience I had while away with my family last week.
In the past, my M.O. has been to arrive at the family vacation destination and begin to enjoy beer and wine with family and friends. Needless to say, I always went overboard and had one too many to celebrate. Can you blame me? It was always time to unwind after a long trip and ease into the feeling of bliss knowing I had a few days to play. A week ago, we traveled to Monterrey, CA and while the flight was uneventful (thank goodness), the drive from SFO to Monterey was loooooong. We were tired and cranky upon arrival to the house. It sure would have been lovely to enjoy a wine, but instead, I sipped on water.
That evening we enjoyed catching up with dear family friends and a delicious dinner. Our night ended with the 4 of us piled onto a couch cuddling and laughing at funny events that happened during the night. It was all very sweet and peaceful. Had I consumed copious of alcohol like I had done in the past, I would have missed out on moments like the ones I experienced throughout the night.
Another wonderful realization was that I enjoyed restful sleep that first night on the west coast (which never happens). I don’t know about you, but I covet sleep like nothing else. In the morning, I was up with the sun and able to enjoy a peaceful, long run along the magnificent coastline. The temperature was in the low 60’s and this was a wonderful change from the heat and humidity of northern Virginia this time of year. During my run, I was so grateful for the fact that the evening before I had been sober. If I had done as I had in the past, I would have felt horrible and certainly would have not have been motivated to run. Getting my long run in had been important for me to do as I am training for a fall race. I also just love the time outdoors. It is the best way for me to start the day. What a gift to feel rested and full of joy and NOT hungover, struggling to get by or sluggish. Yes! I did it right!
Having a new normal arrival ritual (for lack of a better term) served me well this past week and for that I am truly grateful.
I was able to fly (sleep well, run, be present) because I let go of the stuff (alcohol) that has weighed me down in the past. #feelingaccomplished #letskeepitgoing #roadtosobertown