“After the shine goes away and it is Monday morning, back in the office, there is a sort of emptiness that sets in because what we worked so hard for is over, and the moment has passed. We need a way to express the lessons learned and the emotions of the day, so my creative juices latched onto synthesizing a journal for Mak of rawness that he can learn from when he is older. Hopefully? HA! We'll see! Mak, this is your mom in her most vulnerable state, reflecting on what just transpired in her life.”
That’s life though isn’t it? Constant effort and build up to something and then it’s over. Maybe it’s a life goal, career achievement, or our own athletic pursuits, but we are all constantly striving towards that next thing. Plan, practice, do. But once we get there, accomplish it or fail, it is so much easier to rinse and repeat. To learn and grow however, is work. To share that with a child so they can learn from you, that is exemplary.
The training required for this consistent level of success means Meredith will spend about 30 hours a week in training, usually spending time in all three sports on a given day. Then there is the strength training, PT, recovery, hydration, and eating to stay healthy and strong year after year. It would be easy to complain or use this level of day in and day out effort as an excuse not to be entirely present. Yet, Meredith doesn’t.