• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 300 (Let’s Live Our Lives)

    Everystoryhasanend

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 280.03 miles)

    Day 300 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I went with Hannah on her third grade field trip. Her class went to the Crocodile Encounter in Angleton, TX.

    If you live in the Houston area and want to learn more about the critters that inhabit it I definitely recommend it. They have fenced walk ways throughout the park. You feel safe without feeling too removed from the animals like at a regular zoo.

    I touched three snakes (they’re rubbery. *shudder*), pet a tortoise and watched the owner of the Crocodile Encounter feed chunks of chicken to an American alligator.

    While he stood in the pen with it.

    We learned that alligators don’t hunt people, but crocodiles do. If you don’t know the difference (I didn’t), alligators have a rounded nose while crocodiles have a pointed nose.

    Either way, I won’t be petting one in the wild anytime soon, but it was a very cool experience.

    tortoise

    Easily the friendliest animal in the entire park.

    snake

    I pet this thing. *shudder*

    alligator

    This one’s an alligator. They have more rounded noses.

    alligatorlurkingandgiantantbed

    Alligator lurking in the water. See? Rounded nose. And on the upper left is a giant ant bed. I won’t be walking through that pen in flip flops any time soon.

    crocodile

    This pointy nosed creature weighs 800 lbs and hunts people. I don’t care how trained it is, I’m not turning my back to it.

    Today’s silver lining: Just like Connor’s field trip, I’m so grateful I was able to attend this with Hannah today.

    I love getting to go on the kids’ field trips. I’ve made a point every year they’ve been in school of being there.

    Every year I wonder how I’m going to make it work. Something always comes up.

    In past years my conflict has been work.

    This year, my conflict was ‘will I live to see it?’

    Cancer has a way of narrowing your focus, so if you are fortunate enough to have never experienced this disease, let me spell this out for you…

    Only one of these conflicts is a real problem preventing you from doing the things you want to do.

    If you are alive, there is a way. Make time for the things you want to do. Don’t wait because you are faced with hard choices.

    We only get one shot at this.

    Let’s live our lives.

    I promise, you won’t regret it.

    xoxo,

    Meghan

    p.s. Wow. Three hundred days of blog posts.

    *whew*

    That’s a lot of blog posts.

    But, like all good things, the daily posts have an end.

    Don’t be sad.

    I’m not done with the blog. Only the daily posts.

    I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and I’ve decided I’m going to do two posts a week. One on Monday and one on Friday.

    Monday’s post will be about my fitness goals for the week with a focus on being body positive. Being physically active was so crucial to my life in the last three hundred days I can’t imagine not writing about it.

    Now I see there’s a second piece to being physically active that I’m not sure I saw before cancer: body positivity.

    Our bodies are amazing. I want to celebrate that.

    The post on Fridays will be a general essay. It might be about cancer. I’m not finished with breast reconstruction and all the other ‘stuff’ that cancer brings, so I’m sure it’ll come up.

    Then again, the essay might just be whatever pops into my brain.

    I’m leaving that one open.

    I have other ideas and projects I’d like to work on. One of which is figuring out how to publish the story of the last three hundred days as a book.

    I don’t have a clue how to go about this, but I know enough people in the industry to get me started.

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    Thank you for joining me on this roller coaster ride.

    And, one more time…

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Live life,
    Meghan

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Leah Senona says:

    Happy 300!! I’m excited for you and the joy held in the days ahead. You are incredible.

  2. Kristel says:

    Yes, Happy 300! I agree, writing twice a week seems like a good plan. Thank you for writing every day for 300 days. What an achievement that is. 🙂

    Thank you for the alligator vs crocodile lesson! My sister is moving to FL and I am sure that will come in handy.

    Question: If the alligators and crocodiles are being fed chicken, and crocs like to eat people, then do people taste like chicken? (faulty reasoning at its best?) I don’t really want the answer.

    • Meghan says:

      That question didn’t come up during the field trip, but I totally would have asked if I’d thought of it. And then backed away from the cages slowly. 😉

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