I was up at 5am for some early morning speed work at the track. It was crazy cold, with feels like temp of about 35 degrees (well crazy cold for Central Texas). So I layered up, ate my sweet potato breakfast and was out the door. It was really dark at the track and only 3 other people showed up. The work was hard; 8×400 repeats at about 5k pace with 2 mins rest between. The view was great as the sun began to start it’s day. If camera contact lenses existed, I would have taken a picture. We were also taunted by an owl; with each lap came his distinct ho hoo. He probably watched us and thought we were all crazy running around and around in circles. His day was coming to an end while I was just starting.
It felt good to have gotten that accomplished before most people had even had their first cup of coffee. The runner’s high did wear off pretty quickly into the progressing day. Work was taxing. My work has never really been “hard” in the almost two years I’ve been there, but there is a first for everything. I had the Midas Touch but in the worst possible way. Everything I touched turned to absolute shit. It was horrible and I let it get to me. I could feel anxiety creeping in to take over my day. It wound up being 7 long hours of nothing good. 7 hours that I just wanted to end more than anything. I wanted nothing more than to come home, draw a hot bath for my achy muscles, and wash away my
I finally came home. It was finally time to unwind. I went to my soaker tub, poured the epsom salt, started the hot water, and put on some of my favorite music. I mentally eased my way into relaxation. After a couple drags, I began to think. I thought about the music I was listening to. It made me think about my dad. I wondered if he had been scared during the last hours of his life? I think about things like that a lot. Death is so foreign to me and so out of anyone’s control. I felt consumed. I became consumed by my own morbid thoughts. But then the music crept back into my mind. “……echoed in the wells of silence. And the people bowed their heads and prayed……” I really want to make a video using that song*. I would dedicate it to my father. I wanted to share it with the world. Should I go back to school? Would I be able to make it? To learn? To teach and be heard? I have no idea, but I feel a need to share my thoughts. Maybe I need to talk to someone? Sometimes I wonder how I get around these feelings. What was I doing? What will tomorrow look like? What about the space between?
I got out of the tub and finally felt relaxed and ready to end the day. Tomorrow had to be better. There would be another sun rise waiting for me in the morning. There would be another workout to tackle and another day to go onto. Another day to love my family and miss my dad. Another day closer to figuring it all out. I wonder if the owl has nights like this?
**Song reference was to: The Sound of Silence, composed by Paul Simon. But by far my favorite rendition was performed by Disturbed. I highly recommend listening to it here if you have never heard it before. It is very powerful.