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Friday Fives!

If I asked my 23 year old self, I would have said that I have a lot of time, medical science has advanced so much that the biological clock was a matter of old folks tales. There are plenty of stories of women in their 40’s getting pregnant. That holds true now more than then. What no one tells you is the costs of getting pregnant so late in life. I am not even alluding to money. After all, who puts a price tag on a child. The costs are more in terms of time, emotions and physical struggle. By the time a woman is in her 30’s the responsibilities, stress, commitments she has is way more than one anticipates in their 20’s. So here I am into my late 30’s wondering if I would fail in the one superpower I was born with?

The presidential electoral candidates in the United States has me worried. The country being largely divided into two groups it is difficult to agree with all the principles of one party over the other. Each party brings in good ideas with some very bad ones. Of course people vote for the party and not an individual, but don’t individuals matter? Right now all I see is a bunch of clowns. Or has Obama really set the bar that high?

Being the doctor, I am a go to person for a lot of people. I consider it a privilege that people would trust me with their most intimate fears. Come to me for a second opinion, an idea they want to run by, just to voice their concerns, or just use my being a doctor as an excuse to speak with me. When I have my doctor hat on, I am always happy to be of service. So when I get push back on the healthy living articles I forward to family and friends, or when people tell me to “chill” when I remind them that they should get their yearly medical check-ups, I am left wondering at the irony at the situation.

Please don’t kill my blog. I appreciate the fact that there are people who read my blog. Some of you that do,  reached out to me via emails/texts/instagram asking me if I was okay based on my last post. However well meaning you were, I really would have preferred comments here which is why I didn’t encourage conversations on other mediums. I write a post, to generate conversation here. If I wanted to reach out to you in person, I would have. Imagine how many more people we could have reached if we talked about things here. Blogging begets comments on blog. A blogger can hope.

On the most positive note, I was invited to join the swimming master’s class this week. I have been wanting to get to that level for a while now, but don’t think I am ready. My old swim coach mentioned that he will work at my level and get me to speed. I cannot wait. Needless to say I am excited like a school girl and giddy with happiness at the prospect of working with my old coach after 18 months.

What is making you excited and happy or sad and confused? Have a great weekend you all.

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Friday fives! 

1. I’m embracing the true meaning of letting go. It means different things to different people. So I’m finding my meaning and letting go. 

2. When the mind refuses to get tamed one can tire the body enough to overcome the mind.

3. Continuing to challenge the body with a 10 K race! Very excited about this one. 

4. Going to learn how to be happy, stress free. 

5. Unclear about the future. Don’t know what coordinates I occupy at the moment or where I’d like to be in a few years. 

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Time to show up

I have gone ahead and enrolled in a master’s swim class. I know I am no where at the skill level of the current students. I am very intimidated already. I didn’t sleep very well last night. That says something. This morning I went ahead with a 600 yard drill. I was done in 30 minutes so I practiced a few other strokes, and finished with  a 100 yard cool down.

C’mmon, there has to come a time when I try the next level. So I wrote to my old coach who runs the program and asked him what he thought about my crazy idea. He said show up, we will figure it out.

I am very very nervous about it. If anyone talks me out of it I will probably quit but for now I am to show up on Friday.

Wish me luck. I am going to show up!

Addendum: I got a bit of reality check from my coach today. I also had a nice chat with him about my goals and I think he understands where I am coming from. but nope, no masters for me. Not just yet.

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Lessons learned

1. Confidence can take you places. Hold your head high.

2. Sometimes commitment to working hard isn’t enough. One has to commit to taking the plunge.

3. Every endeavor takes time. It is better to do it right than to do it fast and do it wrong.

4. Comparisons don’t help. If you have to compete, compete with yourself.

5. Have tangible goals. Once committed to them, do what it takes to achieve them.

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Letter to my coach!

Another note I will not be sharing with my coach!

Dear Coach!

I could be wrong since you are my first ever coach. I think coaches are like primary care physicians. Someone you go to for everything, every time. Occasionally you may need a specialist or an allied health care provider but you always come back to your PCP. It’s about trust and faith and comfort and familiarity.

Thank you for talking to me. I was pretty bummed that you may not want to coach me again. Though I would have understood if you ever decide to stop. I would however appreciate you telling me directly so I can stop giving people my two cents on loyalty and bestowing profanity at the pool.

Coffee/dinner is still on. Perhaps we should add cake to the mix. We never got to celebrate your birthday. Or talk about my home town.

I hope whatever you are struggling with personally sorts itself out. Keep the faith it always does. You are missed. With/without the beard*. 🙂

Best,
Your least successful student, hoping to kick a**!

*The discussion on the beard has the potential of becoming an inside joke. I hope it does. I might actually warm up to it.

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