As I look back on this past year I know I have grown... and not in the uncomfortable... damn why don't these pants fit like they use to kind of way. Well, mostly not in that kind of way.
I just had my one year anniversary of moving to Colorado. My reasons for leaving Kentucky, while quite unpleasant, were exactly the motivation I needed to make a change.
This year I've been more homesick than I ever thought possible, more heart broken than anyone ever should be and more desperate than I ever want to be again. I've also been higher than ever with my feet firmly planted on the ground... on a mountain, I've pushed myself harder than ever, been more inspired than ever and rode my bike further than ever before. With so many recorded than-evers this year, I'm happy to be alive and sane. My muscles have really gotten a workout, brain and heart included.
I know I've grown. I'm stronger, more nimble and despite all the turmoil, happier than ever.
This year I've grown to be much more like the person I want to be than the person I wish I wasn't. And if this is anything like training for a bike race its time a for a little plateau. Its time to use my new muscles to live and breath and create. Its time to thrive.