That page will be used as a training log/rowing diary as I start to get back into rowing after dealing with a series of injuries for the past two years.
I was a rower in high school and was then recruited to row for Michigan State’s rowing team. Now that I have had to take a lot of time off, the thought of making a comeback is thrilling and at the same time extremely daunting. I will need all the support I can get so if you guys are interested please follow!!
Today was a day of great happiness and excitement for millions as Kate Middleton and Prince William joined in holy matrimony. However across the pond, millions have been trying to comprehend the absolute devastation caused by a tornado which ripped through the Southern region of the United States this past Wednesday (April 27th 2011). The towns that have reportedly experienced the greatest amount of destruction are Smithville, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This tornado was so severe that there is no other tornado on record that is on the same level of devistation. Today, April 29th 2011, there is nothing left of Smithville, MS. Every building is completely unrecognizable. In the town of Tuscaloosa, AL, the only structure left virtually intact was the University of Alabama. Last night was the first I learned of the tornado, which was startling to me because my mother grew up in Mississippi and so I have family currently living there. Fortunately, all my family is safe and sound. I also have an estranged friend who attends the University of Alabama. Though we have not spoken in ages I felt very strongly about contacting her in lieu of the recent wreckage. Thankfully she had survived the storm as well. She and her roommate waited out the storm, taking cover in their bathtub. I can’t even imagine how frightening that must have been. Especially for a person who is not used to storms of that kind, as she is from the North East coast area. Watching the storm coverage now, it is absolutely unnerving as cameras pan across the ruins of what used to be thriving communities. Though these regions are facing a great deal of upheaval, I expect the people will unit to rebuild what has been destroyed. While banding together in the face of crisis is a general human tendency; I believe the South will do this the best. In my experience generosity and neighborliness is synonymous with the South. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those effected by the tornado and I hope that this country will help rebuild what has been destroyed in a timely fashion.
I need to relax, and I need to take a vacation from my own head. I legitimately had a minor panic attack about 20 minutes ago. For what reason, I do not know. I was just sitting on the couch with my girlfriends watching the television; to which I wasn’t paying much attention to. Then, all of a sudden; I felt dizzy, nauseated, my heart was pounding in my ears, my chest was burning… I’ve never had a panic attack without explicitly knowing why. Of course I am perfectly fine now, but regardless, I feel like an idiot.
The little girl within fights, hanging on to the thing, that once made her beautiful. She used to submerge her grief, hurling it across a watery grave. And would watch as her insecurities sank. But lately she’s been fighting to make the mirror happy. Feeling only skin deep. Becoming her own worst enemy, she drowns in her anxiety.