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From the Archives of 1989.....

sunny 75 °F

After taking your first step into the new house, in the new town, you toss down your nap sack and excitingly ask your parents where all the other neighborhood kids are! Your three years old, and are ready to tear up the neighborhood with what would be the “Loomis Street crew”. It’s then that you are told, that there aren’t really any other kids on the street. Your heart stops, jaw drops and your eyes even fill up a little, “They tricked me! Those meanies! They knew all along that you’d be the only little one, but they didn’t tell you till the deed was done and there was no turning back.” Feeling betrayed you grab that bright purple Jan Sport and storm to the backyard. (You’re currently in the Stomping and slamming phase of getting attention)

After retreating to the back deck, you can’t believe what awaits you. A lush green mingle of trees and bushes extends as far as the eye can see. So many tunnels and paths to explore and create, you forget that your new residence is in the heart of a retirement neighborhood. Wiping away the tears that have hardened on your cheek, you go back inside. Trying to hide the excitement that is bottling up you march straight past mom and dad (must not let them know your happy about the move quite yet) and you go right to the boxes, labeled “Aubreys’ Adventure Equipment”. Tearing off the tape and ripping open the cardboard flaps, a lifetime collection of mountaineering tools is revealed. Stuffing the Jan sport with old shoelaces, harnesses made from discarded ties, and an assortment of cardboard ice-climbing tools you are ready. Mission 001 commences in 3 minutes.

After taking another glimpse at the almost intimidating woods, you decide to send companion and fellow adventurer, Thumbelina out first. Tying knots and fitting her harness, finally the rappel off the deck is ready to go. Thumbelina dangles off the edge and you slowly lower her into the depths of the jungle below. This is not Thumbelinas first descent however; over the years she has mastered the art of climbing and rappelling staircases across the globe. A simple deck drop should be no problem. Once she has safely reached the bottom, it is now your turn. Strapping scarves and ties to your waist you climb the banister and shout down to your partner “I’m ready! Hold on to the rope and keep it tight!” A last glimpse over the shoulder and off the banister you went.

SMACK!! The ground is hard, really hard. The pain thunders to your knee and the throbbing sets in. Looking down at your denim covered knees; you start to sniffle as the dark blood seeps through. “Wounded again!!” you grumble. Then the lecture begins, “Thumbelina, darlin’, I love you to death baby girl, but you have got to work on your belaying skills, This is the 3rd time this week you dropped me.”

This explains so much....Big thanks to my Pops for digging this up and sending it to me.
Spent the day in Santa Barbara, Cali today - ocean, sand and sunshine....

Quote of the Day:
"When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost. For the longest time, you can convince yourself that you've just wandered off the path, that you'll find your way back to the trailhead any moment now. Then night falls again and again, and you still have no idea where you are, and its time to admit that you have bewildered yourself so far off the path that you dont even know from which direction the sun rises anymore." - Elizabeth Gilbert

Glimpse of Clarity of the Day:
Sometimes life feels like a chess board.....It is when you realize that you've always been more of a checkers girl and don't know the rules of Chess that things can feel pretty overwhelming. It is with that realization that I am going to attempt to figure out who all the players are, what my piece is - and the most pressing decision of where I am going to place the board down. AKA Things fall out of place as quickly as they fell in....Still unsure of where I'll be hanging my hat for the next few months. Any suggestions ???

-Two more weeks till season really starts....For 11 months!
-Big plans, Big Goals - Very Very Excited.
-Met with both my Run & Swim Coach who are so unbelievably helpful and inspiring.
-Next Registration round happens December 1st.
-I am thankful that I am so passionate about pursuing this racing career - because right now it feels like my concrete island in the middle of a choppy ocean.

Here's to Peace, Vision & Journals,

Posted by AubreyJ 17:40 Archived in USA

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