Editor’s Letter: Summer, 2017

Summer-Shedd

Here we are, nine days into summer, 2017 and things are looking bright. But first …

A Look Back

My parents visited in May for (1) my niece’s golden birthday, and (2) to spend some time with Tricia and me at our place in Chicago. At the time, Tricia and I had for weeks been talking (more realistically) about getting a dog, and when we decided we were ready to adopt we leaned on the experience and wisdom of my parents. The four of us went to One Tail at a Time; I’m glad we did. We found ourselves a lifelong Buddy (read the whole story here).

It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint

Today marks week four, day five of summer training for the 2017 Chicago Marathon. I’ve taken a different approach to the training this year in that I’m less concerned with the actual 1/100ths and distances and paces of my runs, and more concerned with my personal enjoyment of the workouts, the quality of my miles, and my mental and physical health.

Had I not “re-found” running in 2013, I’m sure I’d be in a much different place – physically and mentally – today. Running was a means to fill a hole, gap, a void of mine in my early thirties, and I’ve met honest, upstanding people, visited wonderful places, and seen great things since I started taking care of myself once again. I’ve refined characteristics and developed new skills, I have new hobbies. Perhaps the chapter of the marathon is coming to a close? Time will tell. In any event, the void I once had is now full of soil (love, confidence, reassurance), and roots that were once weak are now strong.

A Look Ahead

  • Bermuda! I’ve never been, and I’ll be traveling with my uncle and Tricia this July. Stay tuned for a trip recap in Travel.
  • Tricia and I are taking her family to Ravinia to see the Beach Boys on Sunday, 7/2. I’ll post about the trip in Culture.
  • Birthday number 38 will drop on August 20, and Tricia and I will see Aladdin at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on the 19th. I’m looking forward to it!
  • Beach, beer, Aperol spritz’s, pizza, family, friends, fun, sun, spontaneity.

See? Bright stuff ahead. Good stuff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, perception is reality. Things are what we make of them. Our outlook is what we make of it.

Make a list of all of the good things you have on your docket and lay in wait. That’s the key to staying young: always having something to look forward to.

In closing, get out there and enjoy your summer. Who knows how many we have left? Make new friends or reach out to an old one, hold a door open for a stranger, write your Aunt a letter and mail it (they love letters!). Beyond all, keep moving forward.

I leave you with this quote from Paul Newman:

“A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs.”

Put that nobility to work! See you soon,

Kevin

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Kevin Baum

I'm a Chicago native with a passion for style, fitness, travel, and personal improvement. And pizza!