The other day I found myself looking at the past, thinking about how much everything has changed…how much I’ve changed. A big part of it, I believe, is obviously due to maturity. As you get older and mature, you start to realize that what you once thought of as important really wasn’t, and what you once gave little value to is actually what truly matters.
The only way to understand how incredible the accomplishment of finishing a marathon feels is to actually run one. There are no words. And now that I’ve done it, I can see why so many people end up signing up for more.
Seven months. That’s how long it took me to train for my first marathon- nearly double the customary 16-week training program everyone follows. The thing is, I didn’t train for that long on purpose, but I’m kind of glad I did.
As 2013 comes to an end and we take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed and the year that is to come, to think through the resolutions we have made and the ones we still hope to achieve, I believe there’s one thing we all have in common: we probably hope that we were better this year than the last (physically, emotionally and/or professionally), that we were more content with ourselves and had lived a more wholesome and fulfilling life.
I can’t remember which day, exactly, but it was about two weeks ago that I came across an article (more of a blog post, I think) that was going around Facebook written by a husband defending his stay-at-home wife, arguing that he could not believe the career moms’ repeated reactions whenever he mentioned that his wife was a housewife, who decided to stay at home to care for their children.
Superficial, egotistical, materialistic, narcissistic, intimidating, difficult, bossy, arrogant, irrelevant, delusional, vacuous, stupid, selfish and stuck-up- those are just a few of the many adjectives I’ve heard people use to describe me over the years.
This past weekend a thought- or rather, a question- kept haunting my mind: what would I do if I knew today was my last? And my inability to come up with a long list of "things to do before I die" really startled me, in a good way.
This past week I have been questioned quite a bit about my role as a woman in Guatemala- as a public woman who does have a respectable audience and influence in the community. These questions have been haunting me lately, leaving me to wonder if I simply am not doing enough.
Today is my birthday. That means I can have cake and eat it too!
All jokes aside though, on my birthday, I always like to lay low and reflect on the year that has passed and the year that is to come. I like to look back and think about all my accomplishments, failures, blessings, friendships, lessons learned and how much I've grown and changed as a person. With all those things in mind, I look forward and focus on my dreams, the goals I yet have to reach and the woman I want to become. Never forgetting where it all started, never letting go of my core values.
Hello there! This is Hans, from Wunderkeks. I asked Bárbara for a bit of space on her blog on the very day of Wunderkeks’ anniversary so that I could express how thankful, hopeful, happy, energized and, frankly, a bit overwhelmed I am by the wonderful day we had last Thursday, which put a perfect bookend to the amazing ride that Wunderkeks has been on for the past two years.