I left the serenity of my Lenten desert for the raucous alegria of Carnaval and the subsequent busyness of a school year’s end. I have missed the silence that comes when I cut back on social media and television. I have missed books. I have missed the freedom of an empty schedule and calendar. Summer begins and with it, an opportunity to truly rest.
I began my summer by going for a run. It is the first run I have completed since I finished my half-marathon in February. It is the last run I will do before my surgery Monday.
Running has always been my time to unwind and to reconnect. I reconnect with the outdoors, the air, the sounds I miss because I’m always in conversation. I reconnect with my body, with my muscles and lungs. I reconnect with my running partners, those who went before me, with whom I run every training run and every half-marathon since last year. Running helps me to be grateful and strong.
With that mere mile, another season begins. I will embrace the weeks that follow the way I do Lent. I will reconnect with all that nurtures my soul.