Sheryl Jesin

Birthday lessons

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Another birthday has come and gone and I’m a year older.  It’s been a wonderful year – of course the highlight was the birth of my second son Benjamin last December. It certainly was an adjustment at first learning to care for two kids, but now I can’t even remember what life was like before he arrived!

I spent my birthday doing a lot of things that I normally do, but it was still a wonderful day.  Taking Dylan to school, snuggling with Ben during a nap, going out for lunch with my mom, going for an amazing 10k run, leading a LLL mtg, cooking up and eating some delicious healthy food, watching TV with Jake after the kids were in bed.  Nothing too out of the ordinary, but still a wonderful day nonetheless.  It got me thinking how lucky I am that I get to do all of these things on a regular basis, not just on my birthday.  Birthdays are wonderful and a chance for special treats – but what is more important is how we live our day to day lives.   Each day should be full of joy, spent with family and friends, doing things that make us feel good!

I’ve been reading some amazing running/exercise/healthy eating blogs lately, and I have been finding them so motivating!  I especially like reading blogs written by active moms – I love hearing how they fit their activity of choice into their busy lives.  Swim Bike Mom is a great blog about a mom and full-time attorney who also just happens to compete in triathalons.   She recently completed a half-ironman in Miami (that is 70.3 km of swimming, biking and running!!!) – you can read her race report here.   At the end of her report, she lists some lessons she learned from the Ironman.  I loved this one:

5) No one cares.  I have done an epic thing (in my head).  But guess what?  No one cares.  People outside of triathlon think I am weird.  People at work wonder why I’m not in my office. People don’t care.  The lesson? When you do something “epic”—- you better care.  Because you’re all you’ve got.  You better tuck away your victories.  You better know.  Because no one else does….. and if they do…they don’t care.

She is so right!  When we do things in life, we have to do them for ourselves – because we believe it is the right thing to do, because we want to challenge ourselves and make our lives better!  I have learned that it is so important to be self-motivated, rather than relying on others for validation – because as Swim Bike Mom says – no one else really cares!  (They are probably too busy worrying about their own lives!)

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