Thursday, August 18

Quote of the Day:  “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Exercise Log:  Jen, Patti and I walked into Holladay.  It’s now dark when we meet @ 6 and cool.  It is the perfect temperature. We went 4.69 miles.

Taylor left one year ago today!  Hump Day!

I’ve been thinking a lot about hair lately as mine is starting to grow back in.  I still need a hat since it’s not quite long enough for my tastes and I have this bump on the back of my head that will grow no hair so that needs to be covered up.  The good news is that hair is growing, the bad news is that it is dark- maybe black but my family informs me, for sure gray.  What a shock!  I was blond when last I had hair.  But here’s the thing.  I have not had a head full of hair since April 10.  That makes 4 months and 8 days, around 128 days.  That is 128 days of having to either wear a hat, scarf or wig.  Mostly hats- that is a lot of hat wearing- no wonder I’m tired of making that choice every day.    

But, If I figure that I spent on an average about 30 minutes a day on my hair pre-chemo that means that I should have had an extra 64 hours to spend my time thus far.  Now granted, I was doing chemo during some of this extra time so I wasn’t feeling too much like taking on some projects but still that’s a bit of time to be reckoned with.  Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at a skill so I could be well on my way to becoming a violinist or pro-tennis player if I invested my time wisely.  

You know what I loved so much about the Tetons?  I forgot that I didn’t have hair most of the time.  It’s clear that I worry way too much about what other’s think of me which is why I’m drawn to Helen Keller saying:  “Never bend your head, always hold it high.  Look the world straight in the face.”  Somehow, I think that is the lesson being taught.  Somehow, I think that is the lesson I need to learn.  Maybe, I can influence someone else to look the world straight in the face.  

Taylor in Antigua, Guatemala, Summer 2011






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