It is funny how many of my days can be summed up with a single "theme word." I like it that way--there is order when one can evaluate her day and find a common thread among her activities. Today's word is perception.
Today was a flood day at work, so I got the day off. Yes, it rained and I didn't have to go to work. :-) That means I reported to the gym at 8am, without an appointment. Obviously I am free to go whenever I please, but today I decided I needed to get my workout going so I could feel great for the rest of the day.
I had a good talk with someone at the gym about perception. We talked about how people show up for their workouts, and how they view the work going in. I tend to have an upbeat attitude, because I know attitude is everything. I also know that there is not a lot of purpose in being negative, and it only brings other people down. And I perceive my workouts as being incredibly beneficial to my well-being, so I readily show up. Regardless, it was an excellent workout, I ran well and did upper body weights, and had a great morning.
I went on to get my hair colored, because I found three more gray hairs forming a Bonnie Raitt-style streak. I realize that I have dark hair and gray hairs are more visible, but it just wasn't working for me. Some of you know I didn't have any real hair last year, and had to wear a wig. I am grateful I have a head of my own hair now (it's cooler than a wig!), but I also didn't like the slap in the face that I am getting older.
In that moment, I took a good look in the mirror. Not a passing glance, but a real look. I did see the grays, but I also saw a healthy glow in my cheeks, beautiful blue eyes, and a kind smile. I really liked what I saw, no matter how I might be aging. Wrinkles are already starting, and all those other aging things. But, I know that's because I laugh often, furrow my brown when I am tempered or confused, and use expression to enjoy the life around me. So bring it on!
Later I talked to someone about single life. We talked about perceptions of dating as one is older. I am not old by any means, but I am not a young girl anymore. Having kids changes everything, and unfortunately people can get a perception or preconceived notion of the way life with children must me. I know that perceptions are based on background experience, and there are exceptions to every rule. My life has been enhanced by having kids. I don't have to give up on a life or dreams; if anything, I have more purpose, goals, activity and fun BECAUSE of them. And I thank them every day. :-) Regardless, it does make single life a challenge for some at times. :-)
I love to think, sometimes a little too much. I feel sad when I am not able to fully-absorb the world around me. There is so much of life to experience, and being able to experience such an intense and broad range of emotions is what makes being a human so cool. I found it fascinating that in my day, such random events could have such a common theme.