On another random note, being the hypochondriac that I am, I got my stress levels (cortisol) checked. Sometimes it is high in paleo people because the whole foods and mostly meat diet makes the adrenal glands work harder. Mixed with lots of exercise this can be a bad equation. But, when I got my results back they were more than perfect! Just another sign that yoga and meditation really does pay off. They have almost become as addicting as working out in teaching me to remain focused and move forward. Each hard moment I have really is my own self being stubborn. When I let go of the stubbornness, a loving space returns. It is amazing how much good energy there is if you just seek it. If you do it with a fake persona that will achieve nothing though. It has to be pure.
Anyways, look what I've done! I went on a tangent when I was supposed to be telling you about my birthday. It is just that these types of events with my friends remind me of the amazing support system I have built and that in a year we will all sadly be far apart. Every one of my friends is a high achiever in some way and sometimes we forget to remove ourselves from that high-achieving environment to reflect and be social. It's a sad truth because we are at an age where we should learn how to balance laughs with studying, yet most of us usually tip too far on one end and this can carry into adulthood. I wish we had a meditation class at school...Sigh.
Refocusing, though, 8 of my friends and I headed down to the city on an early Saturday evening to eat at RPM per my Dad's recommendation (check out my review here!). As we stepped into the restaurant, the weather significantly changed and the clouds went away. There was a cool breeze, but when it died down it was perfect in our coats. I was so happy because it meant we could walk after dinner without getting frost bite!
That was my splendid weekend. I cannot believe it is Thursday already! This week, actually this year, has just flown by! I have basically a month before summer is here and honestly it feels like it just ended. I almost think having bad weather in the winter is better because it makes one more grateful of when summer finally hits. In the meantime I've been trying to walk and bike outside as much as possible because the fresh air does much to calm the soul, but it will be even more rejuvenating when the sun warms the skin.
That's all I've got for today. Have a fabulous weekend. Get outside. Meditate in some way in your life. And enjoy your friends. In the long run it is what creates the best memories, not how well we scored on one test or how many AP classes we took!