I wanted to simply be on Team USA, in other words, go to a world championship, but as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I wanted more. I realized this as I was watching the movie Wild about a woman who decided she needed to intervene in her own life and hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a good movie if you haven't seen it. What dawned on me is that typically I, and maybe most of us, think of greed and materialism in terms of physical excess, more possessions, more money, but the truth is there is no difference from experiential greed. Which comes full circle to me, because I realized quite a bit of my negativity lately stemmed from my ever growing greed for a "better" or "more impactful" experience. The truth is, that wasn't what I originally wanted, and it may not be what I need.
Every experience provides us a learning opportunity. The journey I have been on the last six weeks, and over the next four days, is truly one that has, and is, teaching me to appreciate all that I have. This is crazy, I'm sitting in a hotel in Turin, Italy getting ready to run on Team USA at a world championship! I've said this before, but it has been a little lost lately, I have a great life, in my opinion, the best life in the world.