Having friends that "get it" is an amazing gift. After 4 1/2 months of no activity at all, I had 2 days in a row paddling with no adverse reactions! To be on the water again is such a joy to me. Being out there in the early(ish) morning with the birds and the ducks and no other sounds. Glassy water with a slight ripple. Hazy sunshine. Paddling between the moored sailboats. Pure bliss.
And my friend...he got it. He understood and wanted to share my excitement. This was his text response when I filled him in on my day...
But even moreso was my answer to his next question.
In his very wonderfully Rob way, he asked that despite what a frustrating process this head injury has been, do I feel like I have grown in other ways.
With very little need to think about it I was able to answer. "Absolutely! I am definitely slower (in a good way) and softer (in more ways than physical). I think my empathy has grown. And I think I am closer to creating the life that I want."
Kind of a huge deal that an event which knocked me so far off my center back in February was to be such an host of life lessons. About strength, courage, vulnerability, patience, surrender, clarity, priorities.
Day in and day out life marches on, with all its struggles and joys, challenges and victories. But how easy is has been for me to keep moving and not notice them, and not pause to appreciate what I have and figure out what more I want. This 18-week pause has gone from being a scary, unfortunate accident to a wonderful gift of slower pace and introspection. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Well....;-)