Life is short

Surround yourself with people who actually matter.

Surround yourself with people who love you and respect you.

Surround yourself with nature. It’s amazing the clarity that can be found on a running path or a mountain top.

Always choose coffee with a friend over an evening with the DVR.

Over the past few weeks I’ve dealt with tragedy, with my grandmother’s illness, with prioritizing everything – meaning the stuff that really didn’t matter made it to the bottom of the list. And it’s amazing how little matters when you are facing something big.

And it’s amazing how you learn who your true friends are during these times.

Getting back to nature made me almost forget my burdens. Almost. But then it’s back to reality and reality is that my grandmother is going to visit an oncologist this week. And she’s in for another outpatient surgery. And in my worry for her, it’s hard to think of much else.

Today I will lace up my running shoes (okay, I have Yankz, I’m not actually lacing anything), and I’ll run to Colleen’s house, 7.5 miles away. Then she and I will go for a walk on the greenway and have coffee after.

I know that’s exactly what I need to do. Today and all days, surround myself with those that are there when everything crumbles and you’re left with pieces and you don’t know how to put them back together.

And that’s what I will do.






7 responses to “Life is short”

  1. Chris Avatar

    I hope all goes with with Mia. I’m really sorry she’s still having problems 🙁

    Your run sounds nice. Glad to hear (and see) you back on the saddle.

    I’m here for you.

  2. Staci Avatar

    You are so right!!!
    .-= Staci´s last blog ..Swap Party =-.

  3. Elwood Avatar

    We’re all with you in spirit. Hold your head up, look ahead, and watch out for trip hazards. 🙂
    .-= Elwood´s last blog ..For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday. =-.

  4. Amy Avatar

    Praying for Mia!

    Enjoy your run…I just got back from a short one. So nice out today!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Sunday Highlights: Love, Sex, God: True Love =-.

  5. Christina Avatar

    I could not agree with you more! And I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Mia 🙂
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Would YOU Promise To Be Buxom and Bonny? =-.

  6. beth Avatar

    sending good thoughts to your mia. one real friend is worth a zillion junk ones…I got your comment about you coming for brew fest. it’s sold out, so we can’t go, but if you are still coherent later to hang out or want to meet up and run sometime, let me know! have you seen this: ? excitement!
    .-= beth´s last blog ..ING georgia marathon 2010 =-.

  7. Melissa Avatar

    Thank you everybody! Will keep you posted about Mia’s oncology visit on Thursday. She’s lived such a healthy life; I know that makes us all fortunate, but it’s hard to see her now start going through stuff. Boo.

    @Beth – I heard that Athens was having a half marathon but Chris fell down on his duty to tell me details about it! Thanks for the link! It’s a week before MCM so I’ll play it by ear for now but it sounds like fun! And I’ll totally drunk text you after the brew fest to see if you want to hang out with us 🙂