Am I permitted to have a bad attitude? Anyone that knows me knows bad attitudes just ain't my way. Rarely do I let the little irritants of this secular life get in my tri shorts. So, I ask again... am I permitted to have a bad attitude?
Hopefully, the answer is 'yes' because, 'BoomerNation, I had one Class A case of the butt this morning. It began at 2:42 AM to be accurate. My shoulders ached, feet hurt, and most of my glasses were half empty. Plus, it's 2:42 in the friggin' morning and what was I doing awake anyway??
I fell back to sleep until the alarm buzzed at 4:15. Yah, I hit the snooze but wouldn't you know it the dang thing buzzed a short seven minutes later. There was somewhere I wanted to be this morning but since I wasn't well... I was all bitched off. I could have just hit the snooze again or got up and did something somewhat worthwhile like trim my toe nails and me and my bad attitude visitor could have had a morning alone.
But there was just one leeeetle problem... swim training was at 5:15 AM and 3,600 meters was beckoning. Didn't want to talk to anyone, didn't want to acknowledge anyone, heck... as far as I was concerned the pool could have been deserted and I'd perfectly OK with that... just FINE.
I grunted twice while at the pool because that was all the conversation I cared for this morning. The water was unusually cold. BONUS! (notice the sarcasm) After an hour or so I jumped out of the water, grumbled goodbye to the coach, and headed to my car.
That's when I saw all I needed to feel better. The sun rose turning the sky blue and gold. The breeze chilled my still wet hair. My thoughts turned to the coming spring, red maple buds, and northern cascades. All of those things that bugged me earlier seemed distant. The only purpose of my bad attitude was to let me know I was alive and I could choose my thoughts, attitude, and actions.
The future still holds its promise. Hell, yah, it does.
I turned in the parking lot, returned to the pool, thanked my coach for his instruction and chatted with a few of my tri-mates. Hopefully, they didn't notice that guy with the bad attitude earlier.