This past weekend was glorious and gloriously hard for me at the same time. I'm starting to add back in 'everyday life' sorts of things, such as taking the pups to the park, grocery shopping and even going out to eat. They're all small but important accomplishments for me mentally if nothing else. Never mind the fact that I was totally wiped out after the dog park, or that I had to stop mid-grocery store trip to sit down and take a rest. I did it. And it made me happy.
The hard part about this weekend is that I should have been up early for an 8 mile training run. Seeing all of the other runners enjoying the perfect weather really bummed me out. But if I'm smart and beat this now there's still a chance I can run in May. Smart I will be!
As a 'pity me I can't run' gift to myself, I took advantage of an AMAZING deal = $25 for a pair of Pro Compression socks! Did I mention FREE SHIPPING too? I have always wanted to try these as I've heard nothing but great things about them but the normal price of $50 seemed a bit steep. Thanks to SkinnyRunner for the tip!
While I hate to admit it, my TV watching has increased a bit lately but I'm so glad it did because I was introduced to Williams Syndrome via ABC News. If you're not familiar with this disease, you can watch the segment here and here.
Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and causes children to be born with medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. But to 'counter' these medical conditions, the children have highly social personalities and an affinity for music. I was HOOKED.
If it was possible for these kids to reach through the TV and literally grab my heart, they did. I was instantly enamored with them and in awe of their amazingly friendly & outgoing personalities. Sure, they are going to face challenges in life. For one, they're too trusting and could easily be taken advantage of. And let's not forget they do have some serious medical conditions that keep most of them from living past the ago of 50. But you know what? They're really making the best of their time on earth. They are full of love. They are full of happiness. They love to sing and dance. They have beaming smiles. Their laughter is contagious. And they don't care about what other people think about them. They don't hate getting out of bed in the morning. And they don't think they're any 'stranger' than the next person. They are passionate and we should all strive to learn from them and live life a bit more friendlier. I know I will.
And really, if Williams Syndrome was found in dogs, I would venture to say that Piddles fits the bill. So sweet, and full of love. Always.