Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Catching Up: Summer and Fall


I haven't written in this blog for awhile, but feel myself pulled back to this space again.

There is much to catch up on and I briefly considered trying to retrospectively write posts on the various happenings of late Summer and Fall:

Celebrating our 5-year anniversary with a week-long trip to the Pacific Northwest. Completing the Boulder Sunset Triathlon in late August. Completing the Snow Mountain 5K in Granby, CO in September. My in-laws visit to Colorado and our day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park filled with incredible wildlife sightings. My parents' long-awaited move to Colorado(!). Celebrating my birthday with a long weekend (with my husband and my parents) in Santa Fe, NM and Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. The nearly 20 books I've read since the beginning of last summer (and the many blog, music, podcast and other discoveries I've made since then – far too many to document). The numerous beautiful hikes and trail runs I enjoyed this Summer and Fall (the view from one of which is pictured above) – and a few new-to-me trails. My forays into creating a capsule wardrobe.

But I felt slightly exhausted at the mere prospect of trying to give each of these events their proper written due, so I will have to settle for the summary above and my memories of each.

And now it is mid-November! More and more, I find myself marveling at how quickly the months and years seem to pass by. Cognitive psychologists believe a major factor in our perception of time's speed is the number of memorable events that occur in a given amount of time; essentially, the more important and vivid events we recall having occurred during that period of time, the longer it seems to be. In order to slow the speeding train is modern life, we must notice moments as they happen. We must be present and intentionally cultivate "a focused attention on the here and now." Mindfulness is not a new concept, however, it may be a particularly critical one as we head into this busy time of year.

Anaïs Nin said, "We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." I look forward to returning to this blog to document the noticing, to savor the moments as they happen.