It was cold in Alabama this morning for the first time in a long while. The area I live in typically known for its humid unpleasantness, I took the opportunity handed to me by the breathable air and went jogging. What I didn’t know was that the venture would prove a tad bit more exciting than I had intended.
Note the time: 6: 55 AM.
As I made it out to the street, I spotted children picking their noses next to the nearby stop sign, waiting for the morning bus to arrive. Parents anxious to get to work were standing next to their cars, ready to hop in and drive away once the kids were safely away. I saw one particular mother, her hair matted to the side of her face, with an appropriate amount of luggage under her eyes. I figured she probably intended to go back to sleep. As much as I would have loved to do the same, I was not going to waste my morning. I was going to jog to my heart’s content.
The road just outside my apartment was a loop. My place was on one end and a hill leading up to the main office was on the other. I told myself I was going to complete that loop twice before I returned home to prepare for work (I had to be there by 8 AM). Now, I’ve lost a fair bit of weight in the last five months, but I’m nowhere close to being in shape enough to complete this quest without slowing down to a walk. That wasn’t going to stop me. I was going to push myself.
As I jogged down the street, I felt like Jesse Owens, but, if I am being perfectly honest, I probably looked more like a frightened wookie.
As I prepare to do my last show for a while (for a room of drunk businessman no less), I reflect on the whirlwind type of year I've had.
-Hit an age milestone (turned 24!)
-Released my first book (really need to write a second one)
-Performed my 10th show since I started acting again back in 2010
-Met the girl of my dreams. (Dat Lauren Benson dohhh)
-Celebrated the one year anniversary of an event I was apart of at my office.
-Learned that homely and homey are not the same thing.
-Lost 30 lbs. (as I stuff my face with crackers)
There have been a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but things are getting better for me daily. Thank you for all of your support and prepare for some TV commentary as the Fall season kicks off.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.