Blue Thursday …
The week is progressing ever so slowly. And it rained today. Real sustained rain for some hours, and into tonight it was just a little drizzle. Another one of those, I really don’t need it, but I will carry an umbrella anyways… Pain in the Ass !!!
We are waiting on our final grades on our short essay paper the week. As tonight was the deadline to electronically turn in ones paper. Mine was in on Sunday, which afforded me some extra points for early submission BOO-YAH !!!
Monday is my final exam in Psychology. And boy did the prof take the easy route this time. No multiple choice. No, on this exam he gave us ten questions from the book that we had to answer, and on Monday he will choose a few of the questions that we will then have to regurgitate back to him. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy !!!
I am finding my groove now that school is now at an end. I have to get out of the house for at least an hour a day, to do something with my life. And as Oprah says, “if you are waiting for someone to come and do it for you, you might as well stop waiting. You are responsible for your own life.”
And to that end I think I have some idea of what I want to do. I’ve been reading Kyle Shewfelt’s Blog. Kyle is a Canadian Olympic Champion and he lives in Calgary and I’ve been following him for a long time, since the last Olympics he competed in a few years ago. And his big deal this season is training for a marathon (42.2 kms) coming in May 27, 2012 – The Calgary Marathon.
Running Blog Journal 2012 …
Now, I am in no shape to run a marathon … not right now. And I have time on my hands and summer is coming and Montreal is quite picturesque in the summer. There are plenty of places to run to, around, in and towards. All I need is a pair of running shoes and some summery clothes. Maybe I can enlist my friend Jon in this – I haven’t spoken to him in a while with school and all he’s very busy working on his PHD !!! I have friends in high places…
So I think I want to start running. I am not getting any younger and I need to loose some weight nonetheless. And my doctor would be totally down with me getting fit at my age. And also, the training schedule and the lessons you learn as you learn to run are priceless. Kyle has changed so much over the last six or so months and I want to experience this for myself. So with that I am taking charge of my life, so it seems.
I spoke to friends about places to visit over the next few months. I am banking on a trip to South Africa at some point to see my friend Jorge. He gave me an invitation, I just need to make it happen. During Lent, my friend Vic went to South Africa for a six week retreat and he had a wonderful time. I imagine what it would be like to run in South Africa … THIS would be REALLY Sweet !!!
Now that summer is coming – the Tams may be starting up. Which is a Sunday afternoon event that happens every weekend at Parc Mont Royal. There is another name, but it escapes me. At the base of the mountain on Parc is a statue that was renovated last year where they come to bang their drums, dance, and gather in a non threatening way. And after you’ve had some time at the tams you then climb the mountain up to the cross and lookout and then by the chalet house and back down. It is a day event.
The first year I was sober, I did it with my sponsor, but we did it in the middle of the night in the dark. I bring newcomers up there as a sober activity. i even bring friends who visit from out of town to see this beautiful place.
Times are tough for so many and grasshopper is having a hard time and I try as I might to help him see the other side of things but in the end, it is all about powerlessness over people, places and things, and sometimes that lesson can be a bitch. So anything I can do to keep his spirits up will help him. And me too…
We hit St. Matthias tonight. And one of my friends got up there and knocked it out of the park. We were upstairs because of a church bazaar so the room was packed, cramped and the heaters were on high and I was sitting by the window and the radiator was on full blast, and I was like Really! REALLY !!!
The month is progressing along with step 5 from the book. Today’s reading talked about Freedom. The freedom one gets when we share our lives with ourselves, God and another human being. Once you start to work of clearing the wreckage of your past – we become free. All that junk we were carrying around gets put away once and for all, (and that may take some time) but in essence the journey begins towards freedom.
I hope you all had a great day. Where ever you are.
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