Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Future World

Leaving San Francisco last week I got to think about just how real our "Brave New World" already is. I used to think of this future world as a place that existed in the minds of the science fiction writers. As I arrived at the airport in the hybrid taxi it occurred to me more than before just how "futuristic" our existence already is.

Our grandparents could not even have fathomed the idea that one could fly from city to city, or country to country, in one day, let alone that an airport would be like a "train station" ... today an airport is a transit hub just like every other.

The entire process at the airport is also so "Brave New World". After you have retrieved your boarding card ... having scanned your identity document into a machine, you stand in a long line to enter a "millimeter wave detector" ... (Seriously? What the hell is that anyway!?!) scanning us for our safety in the skies!

Human behavior itself has evolved so much in the last ten years. When we need to figure out how something works, we search for it on YouTube and somewhere in the world someone will have posted a video tutorial explaining how to use it. I had to use YouTube recently to figure out how to start a Prius (yes, this is true!) and I have also used it before to figure how to use one of those fancy coffee machines with the pods that they have all over Europe.

I do see that it could be possible, that I am simply not of this new "generation" but I do evolve and I do my best to take part in new things. I think it is most important to stay interested in all things (new and old) Thankfully traveling keeps my day to day interesting, and I get to see how trends change in other parts of the world.

In my future, I hope to slow down a little. I dream about less travel, about owning a dog and spending more time running in the hills. I want to travel for leisure and for pleasure and I also want to remember to value some of the "old" things of this world.

But for now, I will live for today and with every breath of my being enjoyed it as much as I can. In the words of Buddah: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Monday, July 9, 2012


So this past week in America it was the oh so grand 4th of July celebrations. While many families were barbequing or watching parades or fireworks, I spent the day with friends eating cheese, drinking wine and listening to old vinyl records. I had forgotten how wonderful the sound of vinyl is. There is something so unique to the sound of records, a sound that itunes just cant replicate. There is also something so delightfully nostalgic about lifting the record needle, placing it on the record and then when the one side is done, lifting that needle again, placing it in the cradle and then flipping the album over for the B side and another 5 songs. We are so spoiled with the option of a continuous stream of music that I don't think we savor those 5 songs in the same way anymore. Ah, the good old days...

In the sprit of the independence holiday, I have been focusing on my own hard fought independence. I am inspired to make changes in my life like eating better and sleeping more. These positive changes will help me move towards more conscious living and better running!

I am starting to get my running legs back but I cannot believe how much harder it feels. My brain thinks I can still go the distance but my lungs and legs are not entirely up to speed. It’s humbling for sure, but I am aware that it’s all about consistency and perseverance, I just need to keep getting out there – in a few months, it will feel a lot smoother. I know it.

It is just over a year until I head to Iceland for the biggest adventure yet, I will be taking part in a multi-day race in Iceland. I have a lot of training miles ahead of me and I will be sure to document some of it as I go along. First though I need to remember to focus on the smaller stuff, the consistent 6 milers, the long runs on the weekends and simply keeping one foot in front of the other.

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”