When I started blogging back in January 2007, my life was decidedly different than it is now.
I lived in a different city, in a house I owned. I was married with two dogs, Ryder and Bismarck. (Bismarck would pass away that July.) I did not yet have my dog Seth. (Seth would come into the family that September.)
I still had my wisdom teeth. My sister only had only given birth to two boys. I always, always had Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in my freezer.
I hadn’t gotten separated or gone through a divorce. I hadn’t moved out of my home, moved in with my parents, then to an apartment in a new, big city.
I wasn’t a member of the Y. I had never run a marathon. I hadn’t competed in a triathlon since I was 11 years old.
I hadn’t been a published author in 9 years. I subscribed to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware catalogs. I had never met Brian.
Three and a half years may not be a long time in the scope of the universe…
But sometimes, when my motivation to write isn’t there… when I don’t feel like putting my thoughts into words… when I wonder why I blog… if I share too much… if anyone even cares about what I have to say…
I think about how much my life has changed in these years since I started blogging… how different I am… the new things I’ve tried… what I’ve accomplished…
All of it is right here – in words, in photos, in videos – documented by me, for me. To remember, to learn from, to reminisce on, to be inspired by, to appreciate.
But not only for me… for my children someday, too.
For all of this, I am glad.
Many people know about Jon “Blazeman” Blais, especially triathletes and ALS patients and their families. An accomplished triathlete, Blais was diagnosed with ALS at age 33 and went on to compete in the 2005 Ford Ironman World Championship despite the disease ravaging his body. He passed away in 2007.
Known as the “ALS Warrior Poet,” Blais wrote the following words, which resonate to me on so many levels:
Live more than your neighbors. Unleash yourself upon the world and go places. Go now.
Giggle. No, laugh. No… stay out past dark and bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are.
Understand that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. Your life.
Face your fears and live your dreams. Take it all in.
Yes, every chance you get. Come close.
And by all means, whatever you do, get it on film.
If you have a box of tissues, watch this clip of an NBC documentary on Blais’ trip to Kona – and get ready to be inspired: