That pivotal moment in life where you know you are right where you are supposed to be. The stars have aligned, you look left and right and know that whatever crazy, broken journey has taken you to this point has been precipitous in every way, in a sense exactly what you needed, regardless whether you realized it or not at the time.
It’s this kind of realization I find myself in as I prepare for Wildflower Triathlon tomorrow. I grew up in these hills, riding horses, rounding up cows, learning to play volleyball and basically laying the foundation for who I am today.
Life has taken me many places from here, spanning the State of California, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Germany and now, right back where it all began, a full circle that leaves me reminiscent of the past, acutely aware of the journey and a feeling of excitement about what is ahead.
Leaving a career behind to become a professional triathlete is a dream with a reality that I was not quite prepared for at first. But then, are we ever really “prepared” for a total life change? I don’t think so. It’s like a lot of things in life, it takes a certain degree of planning, but then there’s a point where you just have to make a decision and go with it. And this weekend, in this place, after some redirection and guidance by my coach, purplepatch‘s Matt Dixon, and with my amazing family, friends and sponsors as support, I know I’m right where I’m meant to be.