“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama
WHAT?!?! I used a quote from Barack Obama?! Yes. Yes I did. I like it.
Today was a big day of doing things. Mostly physical things. I rode the kids to school, pulling Tim and Connor in the bike trailer on Charlie (the single-speed townie, remember?). It was a 16-minute adventure. I left directly from there to the Secret Stash, and met Becky (from the ward- you won’t remember because I haven’t mentioned her before but she’s pretty cool), walking her kids to go for a hike there. We had a little chat, and Dave texted me saying he wanted to try out a run anyway, so he’d come and meet me.
I waited around and he eventually showed up, and we started hiking. He tried a little running, and did well. He’ll be back to our 5+ mile jogs in no time. And we had a good discussion, too- a lot about Epic and GVTA, some talk about Faith and Faith, and my perceptions acquired from riding the Riverfront Trail yesterday. I just really enjoy talking with Dave. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that he’s my polar opposite, so discussion with him is sometimes aggravating, occasionally alarming, and always insightful. I cherish it.
We finished up and I rode Charlie home (terrifyingly on the stretch of Broadway that was unavoidable as I was still pulling the bike trailer). I had a 15 minute reprieve before Dennis and I picked up Connor from school and went to the gym so I could experience his Boot Camp class (the one he goes to twice a week as faithfully as he can and where last June he saved a man’s life by performing CPR). It was a seriously hard workout for someone who had already done miles on a bike and on the trail.
But I wasn’t done yet! In the evening I joined a group for the weekly Family Ride. We met at a park with a Riverfront TH, and we did an 8 mile trek. This was Tim’s first ride on his “new” bike Dennis just Frankensteined together. He and Trinity both did great! And I had fun pulling Connor and just chatting it up. The sunset was great and we had fun eating and playing in the park after the ride.
It was a great day on several trails, but left me somewhat more than exhausted. I wonder how I’ll feel tomorrow?