It's 7 am Christmas morning, and I'm the only one up. Florida isn't my ideal Christmas vacation spot, but we've had a good bit of fun. And while I've eaten to excess at a couple of family meals so far, I've also been pretty active, including a 20 mile ride yesterday. It wasn't very fast but it sure felt good to be out there, and I can't wait to get back out later today.
I know not everyone reading this celebrates Christmas, or maybe even any holiday this time of year; but it's still a good reminder that on this day we should reflect on the better parts of human nature; the want to give unto others (whether that means emotionally, or physically, as in a lightsaber and a tauntaun as my parents were so kind to ship to me yesterday) and celebrate our family and friendships with unabashed joy and affection (and with a little mistletoe, some kissing!)
Im determined to make this coming new year a special one, and I hope you all find ways to do the same. Not every day will be perfect, and there will be tests, bumps, roadblocks, struggles (ok, we get the picture!) along the way, but the more we can make each day like Christmas day (about receiving presents and excessive eating! Oh wait, I meant, about giving to others and excessive eating... ah you get the idea) the better we'll each be mentally and emotionally, which means we'll have all the fuel for the fire we need to push our bodies to new places (the breakfast buffet... Ok, yes, I'm HUNGRY... when is everyone else going to wake up??).
In closing (before I start raiding the fridge and pounding on bedroom doors to start waking everyone up); I hope you all get everything you asked for this holiday, most especially the warmth of family and friends (and maybe that of a winter riding jacket as well)
Happy Holidays everyone!