Yup- I’m on the other side of 50; a time to take stock and redirect. Using the roller coaster analogy, I am potentially on the other side of the hill. My mind is immediately drawn to my first serious coaster ride- the Cyclone in Coney Island. Essentially, the highlight of the ride is the slow ascent up the initial 85 foot hill. At the precipice of this climb is a post that reads “stay seated”. Gulp. The steep plunge that follows is a 60 mph drop, and after that, anticlimatic bumps. Double gulp. Surely the best that life has to offer is not behind me on that hill. I’m hoping my next 50 years more closely mirror the Expedition Everest attraction at Walt Disney World; after reaching the top of the mountain, you are thrust backward, in darkness, only to change direction once again, looping twice with twists and turns along the way. Life should continue to be a wild ride!
This blog will pull the threads of my journey “til now together- a means to share my experiences and loves, build a like-minded community and steel myself for the next drop. Thanks for the therapy!
That was my first-ever post on :DIStherapy published during last year's Ultimate Blog Party. Speed ahead one year, and boy, did the therapeutic "powers" of blogging come in handy! I tried to stay true to my personal mission of pulling the various "tracks" of my life together, despite roadblocks and near-derailments.
DISabilitiesMy 17 year old son and I were fortunate to be able to travel to Athens, Greece this past June to volunteer at the Special Olympics World Games. Devin worked with special athletes at the softball venue, and I put my physical therapy training into practice. I shared Maria Shriver's inspiring message about the "power of one" in The Top 10 Highlights and Lessons From the Special Olympics World Games.
As in talking turkey. (Not a typo!) From Athens, we headed for Paris, France, where we proceeded to sample every culinary pleasure in sight. 10 Things Walt Disney World Fans Will Love About Disneyland Paris ticks off those gastromic pleasures (add in our meal at Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower which you see above). Mais oui!
Yup- I took my 53 year old self and ran my first 5K, then Half Marathon Relay, and finally, my first full Half Marathon for Team Up! Autism Speaks at January's Inaugural Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon. I bare my soul (and tutu) at I Won't Grow Up... 53, Tinker Bell and Me
In the past year, I have been blessed to have met many, many wonderful Disney bloggers. I have to thank the over 50 bloggers from 11 different countries, who participated in two separate series hosted on my blog; 40 Days to 40 Years and 20 Days to 20 Years. Talk about sharing the love! My Disney high point was participating in this year's Disney Mom's Panel Search, and in reaching the final round. Boy, you learn quite a bit about yourself when you are in a pool of 30,000 other passionate, talented Disney lovers. I am so thankful for that experience.
Bring on the G-forces in the year ahead! Who's with me?!
I'm hoping that one of my readers will win my $50 Disney Gift Card through the Ultimate Blog Party 2012. Won't you enter to win here?