I have a playlist of songs on my phone that has the same title as this blog. They are songs that make me smile, songs that I love to sing along to, songs that simply make me happy. I listened to the playlist a lot last year. When I was having a bad day, or missing home I would put on the playlist, trying to manufacture happiness when I really wasn’t feeling that way. It didn’t always work, but the songs would still bring memories to mind that made me smile.
Lately, I find myself listening to that playlist for all the right reasons. I listen to it when I’m having a great day, and I find myself listening to it more and more all the time. I feel better than I have for a long time, I’m happier than I’ve been for a while. I am really starting to enjoy school. I’m taking advantage of the Rec Center classes to try something new, trying new foods, making new friends, getting a part time job. I’m already making plans for the summer and beyond. Plans that include a trip to BJAC with some of my best friends, a semester abroad, a Birthright Trip and so much more.
Wave’s agility is looking better than it ever has. She’s dabbling in 24″ and handling it so incredibly well. She’s a far cry away from the dog who used to demolish every jump on course. I’m learning to expect her to jump well and keep the bars up. I used to run a course and wait to hear the bars coming down. This is a much better way to run. Her contacts are getting faster, and her poles are more reliable. I finally feel like I can begin making plans for her too, not just my own. Plans of tryouts and nationals, and I truly believe that when I make those goals, she will be ready for them. She will have the skills she needs. This is the first time that I’ve truly felt that way about her. I look forward to training her again. She makes me laugh, and think, and she challenges so much that I thought I knew. Training has become fun again. I look forward to my weekly classes, and training in a way that I haven’t in a really long time. I’m planning my training sessions better, taking more notes, and having more fun doing it.
This week Wave had an amazing night at class. She jumping was perfect, her poles successful, and she excited a really tough serp perfectly. Something that I’ve always been concerned with in agility is the rhythm. That feeling when you and your dog are on the exact same beat, it’s calm and collected, and just feels so perfect. This week was one of those days. A luxury of training on mats is the ability to hear when the rhythm changes. You can hear when footfalls become frantic or off the beat. But it is those runs where it’s quiet. You don’t hear scrambling or frantic feet, you just hear the flowing sound of the dog’s feet and yours. I live for those moments.
I’m excited for what lies head, both in a and out of agility. I’m excited for new experiences, seeing old friends, and everything in between.