Ryan Westmoreland is happy to take it all in.
Last March, he underwent brain surgery to have a cavernous malformation removed from his brain stem. Now, less than a year later, he's in Fort Myers, rehabbing and working out with members of the Red Sox organization for spring training.
He knows there's a long road in front of him before he's able to return to playing baseball, but for now, he's happy he's progressed to the point that he can participate in "baseball activities."
"Doing the things I'm doing now feels great," he said. "I feel more blessed to be out here, just around my buddies and to have a second chance at life . . . that's special for me.
"I've taken it for granted in the past. Just the little drills. I know I'm inspiring and helping a lot of the guys out there because there's stuff they think is monotonous, but if you look at the rehab I'm doing, it makes them appreciate it more."
There is no timetable for when Westmoreland can play again. He says it's better that way.
"I've never had too many long-term goals," he said. "It's about staying even headed, and taking it one day at a time. If I get ahead of myself, I'm going to be expecting too much of myself . . . It's just a day at a time, keep it short and get better every day. That's really my goal and I don't plan on changing it."
For now, the plan is to enjoy his time at spring training, and remain thankful he's progressed as much as he has.
"It's nice to be out in a baseball environment with my friends," he said. "It's different than being in a rehab facility."
He continued, "I'm just excited to keep it going and see what lies ahead."