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What’s your favorite part of the morning? Is it: The quiet? The coffee? The fresh start? How do you feel when it’s taken away? The other day I woke up and found myself in a situation you can relate to. After rolling to my side, reaching across my body and slapping around the nightstand to stop the beeping, I swung my legs over the edge of the bed and sat up.   Feeling my weight depress the familiar indented low spot I’ve been wearing down each morning over the last decade, my hand steers directly to the mason jar full of water. Chugging...

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Believe me. Getting your face shoved into the ground while you struggle is a memorable experience. The right cheek and eye socket act as a kickstand while your sweat-soaked hair mops ringworm, impetigo, and MRSA off the wrestling mat. Your teeth go through something: the side of your tongue, inner cheek, or bottom lip. When it’s over and the weight releases from the base of your skull, you rise up on hands and knees. Tasting copper, you look down and watch crimson drops rhythmically release from the tip of your nose and splash into a thickening pool of perspiration and blood...

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You won’t believe it. How is it possible that I’ve never noticed this before? I’ve encircled that city park with the nice playground, basketball court, and hilly corner thousands of times.   I know the discolored patch of grass where my geriatric pug prefers to round his back and gaze straight up at me while I pull the crinkling plastic bag from my down winter coat. I know the downhill slope grants me 8 extra steps of breath holding while walking west. I know many of the trees standing guard on the edges are wind blown and reaching towards the east.   But there it...

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Bad news: You’ve been lied to (again). Don’t be too upset, it wasn’t on purpose (this time). They just think that you’re weak (because they are). You’re told - Be sure to pace yourself so you don’t burn out. Did you catch it? The deceitful fable that will drag you down? “Pace yourself so you don’t burn out.”  Let me rephrase it for you: “Be scared and hold yourself back.” Bullshit. Don’t let that story be your story. Remember this story instead. During the 2012 Olympics, 15 year old Katie Ledecky made the 800m finals. Just before the horn released the restless swimmers from...

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It was a battle.   Have you ever been so confused by someone’s actions that you can’t control your body movements and emotions? Eyebrows pull in and downward as your chin retreats and slowly sways side to side, struggling to appear normal while all you can think is “what the heck? Why would she think this was a good idea?” It didn’t make sense. Although no longer producing fruits or vegetables, the garden was still planted with summer crops. The tomato plants were still firmly rooted, overgrown and spilling out every opening in the cages. There was a lot of work to...

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