Webster says that caterpillars are voracious feeders with soft bodies that grow rapidly, and by the looks of things, that’s me.
But, this stress-eating, migrating caterpillar is about to become a beautiful butterfly, so I’m more than fine with this present stage, knowing what lies ahead.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about who I want to be when I get to Aspen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly going to be true to myself and “be me.” But what are the great aspects of me that I want to bring to the forefront during this next phase of my life?
I’ve already lived in Aspen once, during my early 20’s, as a fun-loving party animal, and I had an absolute blast. No regrets. None. Two decades later, I’m looking forward to experiencing Aspen in a different, more mellow, way. I’m sure there’s plenty of party animal left in me, and I plan to have that aspect of my personality reveal itself at times…just not all the time.
I’m looking forward to a calmer, more “laid back” existence, taking in all that Aspen and its amazing environment has to offer. I’m looking forward to getting involved in various charities and really becoming a contributor in my new hometown. I’m looking forward to seeing that competitive athlete within reappear. I’m looking forward to long conversations with new friends and old. I’m looking forward to sipping coffee while walking around town, petting dogs and saying my hello’s. I’m looking forward to hardcore workouts at The Aspen Club and then getting some much-needed la stone therapy afterwards.
I’m looking forward to the Aspen life, plain and simple.
Instead of pining for the future or rehashing the past, this soon-to be butterfly is mostly looking forward to living fully in the present, cherishing every blessed moment that comes my way.