Well it’s been just over a week since I got home to my actual home.  I left on the 27th of June to head to Brisbane for a training camp prior to the Tokyo Paralympic Games and because of the crash and quarantine I didn’t get home until the 8th of October.  That is 3 months and 11 days or 103 days or 148,320 hours where it was all about me.

Now that may sound very selfish and it is, but as an elite athlete getting ready for competition like the Paralympic Games that’s the way it has to be.  The training camp was all about being focused on what I had to do, then the games was about my outcome and after the crash it was about getting healthy again.  Even quarantine where I was lucky enough to have the company of Gillian, it was still about us doing the 14 days and getting out.  Nothing else really to worry about, nothing much to do, although I did have a couple of speaking gigs. Now I’m back in the real world with responsibilities!

This week has been kind of overwhelming.  Trying to get back into some sort of normal again even though we are still in lockdown here in Melbourne.  But there are others in my life to now concentrate on.  It has also been an extremely busy week trying to get to all the appointments that I had to put off because I was late coming home. 

I started an online course the last week of quarantine, so I’ve been trying to get some homework done!  I’ve had speaking gigs (virtually), trying to get back some of the fitness I lost and trying to catch up (albeit by phone) with people I haven’t spoken to in months, to see how they are. It seemed that this last week was a month, I had so much to do.

We all need an escape from the real world each day and my escape is when I am riding.  I don’t have my trike yet but I have been riding virtually on a trainer and it is when I’m definitely in my happy place.  Forgetting for just an hour or two all the stuff I have to do.  It’s so important to have that one outlet where you can just for a little, to try to relax, refocus and have a mental break from all those tasks which consume our lives.

I think that the last 3 ½ months I have been so lucky to not have the worries of life on my shoulders.  Although I’m very happy to be home with Russ and Jack,  I also have to remember that by filling every hour each day so that I am overwhelmed won’t help either. 

It’s something we all have to remember.  If we don’t take some time each day for ourselves, we certainly won’t be any good to anyone else. Don’t feel guilty or self-conscious about getting away from those chores whether they be at work or home, they will be there when you return.  But you will return refreshed, refocused and ready to take on the world!

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” ― Ralph Marston

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  1. Peg Hendry 17/10/2021 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol: Welcome back to the “Real World”. I think that ‘side trip’ on your journey through
    life was not quite so much accidental but a much needed respite to “refresh, renew….etc.”
    I viewed video of your speaking engagement at Monash and can only say “Congratulations,
    kudos, fantastic, wonderful”. If your video doesn’t install every viewer with the desire/ambition/action to achieve their goal or dreams, I don’t think anything else could.
    So, now you are ready to take on the world – again. Best wishes as you GO FOR IT!
    Stay healthy, stay safe and God Bless.

    • CarolC 18/10/2021 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Peg, I’m trying everyday to take on the world a bit at a time with a bit of that escaping daily!

  2. LYNNETTE STACKER 18/10/2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol, welcome home. You are spot on. I am guilty of not taking “me” time and it is a timely reminder to us all to do so. So glad you have recovered & are refreshed and ready for your next challenge.

    • CarolC 20/10/2021 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn, we will have to catch up on some ‘me’ time together as soon as we can get out to a cafe for some coffee!

      • LYNNETTE STACKER 20/10/2021 at 8:16 pm - Reply

        That would be fantastic. It has been way too long

  3. Phyllis Banks 18/10/2021 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    So happy you are home and well recovered.
    It must be a wonderful feeling to be back in your own home even though there are probably many things you now have to catch up on.
    Your video should be shown in all schools.It would instil a desire for everyone to pursue their dreams.
    An inspiration to everyone.

    • CarolC 20/10/2021 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mom!

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