What a year 2016 was. A turbulent and emotional year. The forecast for what the future holds looks hazy and overcast. We can only turn inwards and strive to to focus on the things we can control. To that point, we must all strive to improve ourselves in every way and subsequently everything around us.
A week of no emails and snow sports was just the reset I needed. I also believe I have found a way to draw out political opinions without conflict. I focus on a specific topic like education and inquire on what the other person is individually doing to impact that subject in a way that helps everyone. I understand I can’t go around looking for Trump supporters to fight but I can stealthily try to convert them.
By being closed off and angry from the results of the election. I only starve my own mind and diminish opportunities to impact people in the ways I know best. Being friendly and talkative. I know there is a lot of misinformation out there. It’s important that we engage everyone and challenge every idea. I have also come to realize, Trump supporters tend to be the ones in hiding, so why should I be reclusive and closed off. They are the ones who will be uncomfortable and hopefully idealogically challenged by people like me who will take the debate straight to them.
This was hands down the best week of skiing I have ever had. I really took it easy and focus on proving on my technique. I am now able to take on Blue/Black runs and do jumps. I plan to take and pass and advanced class on the next trip. After that I will possibly invest in gear of my own.
This week marks the start of some big fitness goals for 2017. I hope to participate in 3 half-marathons, 3 triathlons, run over 1,000 miles and complete over 10,000 sit-ups, push-ups and sit-ups. I really want to retake my fitness and push the limits again. The key difference this year will be a very healthy dose of Yoga and cross-training to keep my body healthy.
I had a very interesting discovery this weekend. I learned that one of our nephews joined the Amish church as a Mennonite in training. His interest is purely experiential but intriguing none the less. This exploration is particularly interesting coming from someone who was a self described Atheist until last year. He is transforming himself in ways that prove that being open minded can lead to personal growth and strength. I don’t plan to join the church myself, but I do plan to push myself in every way possible. I want to personally break down the exscuses that keep me from achieving my goals.