Autumn Is Here

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"I don't know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn't had my girlfriends. They have literally gotten me up out of bed, taken my clothes off, put me in the shower, dressed me, said, 'Hey, you can do this,' put my high heels on and pushed me out the door!" — Reese WitherspoonIn Touch, April 2013

Friday night I spent time with one of my closest friends, Lisa Marie, and we talked politics, work, relationships, love, moving, wine, travel and more. What I love about our friendship is that despite our age difference, we are the same age at heart. Maybe it's a valley girl thing.  Dinner and drinks with her were exactly what I needed to get a fresh perspective on things.

So I had a skip in my step when I woke up early on Saturday to go out for a hike.  I was a little scared to go alone. I've seen enough episodes of Criminal Minds to know that if I was going to get murdered I'd probably be by myself, with earbuds in, unaware of my surroundings, despite my father's best advice, and then dumped in a park. It's not like I'm being dramatic right? Men probably aren't aware of how often women think they might get murdered.  Anyway, a solo hike it was.

I ran through the murder scenario in my head and figured it was a bright, chill day in San Antonio. But what if I stepped wrong and twisted an ankle?  What if my cell phone lost reception? Would I have to saw my leg off like 127 Hours? I've seen enough episodes of Grey's Anatomy that I could probably fashion together a tourniquet and be fine. I got dressed and looked at myself in the mirror. My inner monologue was having fun with me today. Just get out there, LEM.

And so I drove out to Friedrich Wilderness Park to hike the Main Loop Trail on my own. I'd done the trail enough times that I knew I wouldn't get lost, there would be people out so I wouldn't get murdered or left to saw off my leg in case I fell and figured it was safe to start with the known. I popped my earbuds in and listened to some Lucinda Williams and Selena. I have very eclectic tastes.

As I got to the top of the steep hill I took huge sips of water. I stared down at the trail I used to struggle with and sighed thinking about how far I've come. The rest was easy.

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I spent the rest of the afternoon running errands, cleaning up my apartment and dancing around with my mop as a microphone. Then it was finally time to surprise my best friend Maria with her bachelorette party!

A night of girl power and dancing is good for the soul.

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Finally, for my Sunday, I recovered in the morning and forced myself out for a hike again.  I knew it would clear my mind and stop me from binge watching Sex and the City reruns. I've re-watched Sex and the City once a year since as far back as I can remember. My perspectives on the characters change as I age. It hits closer to home this time around.

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Nonetheless, a hike was the best remedy for a headache and the park was all mine.  I decided I'd treat myself to a movie and enjoyed a nice empty theater too. I highly recommend Sully. Tom Hanks is exceptional. I caught myself crying as they showed the dramatic water rescues unfold. Made me think about who I'd be the first to call if I were ever in that situation.

All in all a perfect October weekend and a renewed sense of independence.