Let me start by repeating what I heard on the news the other day: Most New Year’s resolutions are broken by January 17th. So, I thought it was a good time to quickly check in on mine – a sort of first quarter check-in. I am a person of goals and once I’ve made them, giving up doesn’t seem to be an option.
Learning French is not going so well – mainly due to time constraints. But, upon realizing this I’ve created a new tactic to help me succeed: on Sundays, I don’t go running because I consider it my “day off.” (I suppose this means I should be going to church…) So instead, I’ll devote at least one hour every Sunday to my Rosetta Stone.
Running a marathon – I’m on my way! I recently completed the NYC Half Marathon with my best friend and fellow runner. Not only was this a super cool course (they shut down Times Square for the runners!) but the sense of accomplishment at the end is like nothing else in the world. Plus it gives me confidence that I have what it takes to train for double the distance.
And so … my first announcement is that I have officially been accepted into the NYC Marathon! I was accepted through the lottery so I guess I’m pretty lucky. Now, I have to get running and work up to 26.2! I’ll wave to you on TV as I run the five boroughs on November 2, 2014!
Be happy – my most challenging, truly. I’ve been examining the practice of “simplification” and applying it to my life – what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong – so that I can better my own goals and maybe help guide some others in the right direction. I’ll probably mention more about that in the future, but one thing I’ve done right this year, especially with my goals, is make it about me. I want to run a marathon for me, learn French for me, and be happy for me. And with each goal and each step completed, I feel a sense of accomplishment that brings me new, undiscovered happiness.
So last but not least, I can announce a major accomplishment, at least for me. My close friends and family know my ridiculous, unwarranted, inexplicable fear of eyes. Ommetaphobia is a real thing and I’m not sure if I should’ve been diagnosed, but I think I am cured. I finally got laser eye surgery! A fear of mine for so long, it took three years of building courage to finally make the appointment. My brother and sister both successfully had the surgery years ago, and with some help from them, I was convinced this was a good move for me – and my vision – and that it may just be another major life goal to consider completed. And I have to say, I was expecting excitement about my near-perfect vision, but the feeling of accomplishment wasn’t one I was anticipating. I’m actually proud of myself for letting the amazing professionals at Diamond Vision take a laser to my eye. Although I was probably more terrified than I’ve ever been in my life, after the surgery (which was literally about one minute on each eye) I had instant gratification. “I did it!” was ringing in my head for days.
And now I will be another happy customer and proud endorser of laser eye surgery! The staff at Diamond Vision was phenomenal – they even talked me down for a while and made me laugh as I sat in the waiting room, shaking in fear. My procedure was PRK – no flap in my cornea required (and that statement no longer gives me the creeps and makes me want to pass out like it used to) so although my surgery was more comfortable, my recovery to 20/20 vision is a bit longer. But already I am quite literally seeing the world through a whole new lens – and I’m loving it.
And now, I’m off to use my lens allowance from my vision insurance to get myself some free designer sunglasses! (Yep, you can do that …)