I never intended to take this long to write my next post. It’s been a most eventful summer and thinking about sharing all the details of what I’ve seen and done makes me a little overwhelmed. The climax though was my most recent trip to New York City and Philadelphia. Although I’ve visited both cities before, having grown up on the East Coast, this was a very different trip because I was depending on public and paid transportation and otherwise traveling on foot. I have to admit, between the four days of visiting the two cities I got over 80K steps. Although it was great cardio exercise, returning to my boot camp workouts was a rude awakening to the necessity of remaining consistent. But back to my adventures…
My favorite location of New York City has become Ground Zero. I will always remember my first visit to the City when I was eight years old. Seeing the Twin Towers was so mesmerizing. They stood so grand and majestic casting their shadow on Lower Manhattan. The next time I was able to visit New York was in 2005. The destruction at the site of where those great towers once stood was very sobering. There was a make-shift memorial and display at the site commemorating those who lost their lives that sad day. It was the first time that September 11 felt real to me. It brought back memory of the heartache the whole country was feeling that day. This most recent trip to New York gave me another opportunity to see the transformation that has taken place in the last nine years. The beautiful Freedom Tower stands in memoriam of its parent towers. The recessed pools that cascade down into the bottomless footprint drowns out the noise of the busy city life surrounding this hallowed ground. The new 9/11 museum was open, but unfortunately the wait to buy tickets and to get in were not part of my sightseeing agenda. I will go back some day, but I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to pay my respect to the innocent and brave lives that were taken that historic day. Each year on this day, I pray for the survivors and remember the events from now 13 years ago and how America changed that day. I will never forget!
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
– Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)
With the summer coming to an end, facing reality has been more challenging than I anticipated. I knew I would need to get back to my normal routine, but being off of it for so many weeks has really messed with my mind. I’ll start tomorrow… Sunday will be my fresh start… I meant Monday… Even getting up for my 6 am bootcamp workouts that I’ve already paid for each month has become optional in my mind. I know each session I miss is just money down the toilet. And the changes I’ve made up to this point didn’t happen over night, or even in one week. It’s been the continuous progress I make each and every week. I think one of the reasons I’ve been putting off this post for so long is because I’ve been in denial. Denial that I’m still on this journey. Denial that I’ve actually quit working for this. This blog keeps me honest with you as well as myself. I don’t like reporting that I haven’t been doing well, but I need to get back to writing each week. So next week I will have a better report. For both you and myself!