Those of you who have been reading for a while know that in addition to being a runner, I’m also a performer. Not professionally, of course. I wish! But I have a degree in theatre, and still do one or two shows a year, mostly musical theatre, because it’s something I’m very passionate about.
Last year was an amazing year; I had my Lyric Theatre comeback with Legally Blonde, and then in the summer I went on the play the lead female role in Chess the Musical. It was a busy, exciting, exhausting blur of a year, and I wouldn’t change it if I could. HOWEVER. I missed out on a lot last summer because of rehearsals.
I missed Ben’s family reunion, which is really important to me. We’re very close with his cousins and extended family, but generally only see each other at the reunion every year, or if someone gets married or dies. Because the reunion wasn’t scheduled until I’d after already committed to the Chess rehearsal schedule, I wasn’t able to go.
I also missed out on a lot of spontaneous summer adventures that are so rare and beautiful. If someone called at 5 o’clock and said, “Hey, we’re going for drinks down on the waterfront, wanna come?” I can’t, I have rehearsal. “Hey, we’re going to Boston for the weekend, wanna come?” I can’t, I have rehearsal. “Let’s go swimming at the Bolton Buckets!” I can’t, I have rehearsal. It’s kind of lame to have to say no all the time.
With how busy this year has already been, between Ben’s Nordic Ski schedule, marathon training, and rehearsals for Mary Poppins, I’m kinda already tapped out. I’m really looking forward to a few months with zero commitments. Of coming home after work and having glorious hours of sunshine to run (or not). Of having long, lazy weekends of brunch, swimming, hiking, and activities with friends. Of blessed SPONTANEITY. It’s gonna be great.
What are you most excited for this summer?