“How are you doing?”
When I get asked that question lately the subject always goes to the competition. Always. And I’m not tired of talking about it….yet.
Everyone wants to know what I’m doing, what I’m eating, how I’m working out, how do I stay on track, who’s your coach, how many weeks left, where is it, how much are tickets, what time will you be on stage??? The questions keep coming and I keep answering them with a smile on face, eager to share all the exciting news and information.
But when I’m alone, and no one is asking how I’m doing, I think about Mom. I think it’s normal to think of her, especially when it’s quiet, when there’s not much going on. OR when you’re counting down the hours until your next meal. 😉
But, unfortunately, the more I think about her, the more I miss her. The more I miss her, the more upset I get. And I get upset when I realize how much she’s missing out on.
She’s not here to watch me practice in my heels traipsing around the house in my bikini practicing my posing.
She’s not here to see me cook and prep my food and perhaps ask for a taste of something for herself.
She’s not here to take my progress photo’s and tell me my bikini is crooked or my hair is a little bit off.
She’s not here to tell me what she thinks about my ideas for the website or the book I want to write someday or the team I want to build after this is over.
She’s not here to tell me what kind of jewelry I should wear for the competition or how I should do my hair or what color my suit I would look best in.
She’s not here now and she won’t be there in October and she won’t be around to celebrate when it’s done.
And it sucks.
It’ll be the first of many “She’s not here” moments and there are going to plenty afterwards. There have been many already.
But I do pray that on that day I feel her around me, cheering me on, whispering in my ear to keep going, to not be nervous, to do my best.
I hope and pray she’ll be there. In the audience, smiling and beaming, proud and happy for her daughter.