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Monday, March 4, 2013

Same Book, Different Chapter

I've come to realize that I haven't really changed...the book is the same, but the chapter is new! I had a terrific weekend.  Shannon and I went to the Carolina Tiger Rescue on Saturday morning, and then we saw "Peter Pan" Saturday night.  Carolina Tiger Rescue was amazing...and I wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago!

The rescue center is in Pittsboro, which is outside of Raleigh--about 90 minutes from my house.  It's on several acres of land, and the tour involved walking up and down hills, on gravel and grass and unpaved roads.  I took the course easily, never needing to stop and sit (there were some benches available, and a few people on our tour took full advantage).  Instead, I took the hike easily, never getting out of breath or really experiencing pain!  No pain?  Upon exertion?  What a novel idea! (Forgive the pun!) 

Shannon had a great time--and I took some terrific photos!  The rescue's main mission is education, and we really did learn a lot while having fun!  Then Saturday night, we went to the theatre.  It was so refreshing sitting in the theatre seat in complete comfort, and for the first time, maybe ever, I didn't even worry about being uncomfortable in the armed chair.  There was a large woman in front of me who spilled over into the seats around her, and my heart went out to her.  I know only too well how that feels. 

Instead of being uncomfortable in the theatre seat, I was able to focus on Shannon and her enjoyment of the play.  She's always been a great fan of Tinkerbell, and when Tink showed up in the play--a ball of light and tinkling sound--Shannon's reaction was breathtaking.  I wouldn't have missed it for the world!  I literally cried! 

My life is really different these days.  Dating two or three different guys at a time, walking, belonging to a gym--Oh, yeah, I joined Planet Fitness.  I work out 4-6 times per week.  Wild, huh?  I'm the same person, but I've definitely entered a new chapter in my life.  I like this chapter...and I want to live it for a long, long time!