As I was closing out the week on Friday, I realized that I felt really good. No, I did not win the lottery and my life was not all sunshine and rainbows. On top of feeling good, I was also full of energy.
“Goldie, it was Friday. How was that possible?” – I hear you ask.
I asked myself that very same question. My whole weekend was productive. Not only did I get to rest and do the things I wanted to do, but I also managed to be productive. Craziness, right?
In order to figure out what jump-started me, I sat down and thought about it. Surprisingly enough, the answer came to me within seconds. For most of you, summer is half-way done. (Whatever you do, please, do not kill the messenger.) For me, it has been a rather rainy season the past couple of weeks. It messed up a lot of my outdoor plans (mainly biking) and I was miserable. But something changed last week.
Last week I decided to take matters into my own hands and reach for what I wanted. What was that? No, I did not get myself a huge fan to help dissipate the clouds. On the contrary – I accepted the weather, turned around and started working out indoors.
Aside from working out inside, I also now seize EVERY non – rainy moment that I can and go outside to play some sports, bike, or even walk. I choose to cherish the sunshiny days so much more because of the cloudy – rainy ones. Try and remember that you can complain a little, but in the end, do not let it get you down to a point where you cannot enjoy yourself.
Working out/ being active is easy to neglect. We have busy schedules filled with all sorts of stressful tasks and encounters, so there is no surprise that when we get some time to ourselves, we just want to do nothing. Sometimes that is exactly what you need. It is definitely something that I condone since I know how important resetting your brain (and body) can be. However, what last week reminded me was that sometimes getting up and moving can change a lot. For the better.
The interesting part is that my realization made me think of the dichotomy between the lazy me and the part of me that does not want to feel miserable. The decision to be (more) active can be off-putting. We do not have time. We are tired. The weather is bad. The gym is too far. Trust me, I know. Coming up with excuses could make me rich. If I had a dollar for everyone that I have made…
However, because of that feeling I had on Friday, I am willing to put in the work. Last week helped me realize that starting up something is not the easiest thing in the world. We often put things off due to a variety of reasons. Starting is not easy. And what happens if you start, but then quickly falter? You have to start again. And what happens then? We come up with a range of excuses and put that thing off again. There is a time and a place for everything.
Friday reminded me that I should focus on the effects of something more than the excuses. Did you not feel better when you were more active (literally and/ or figuratively)? I know that workouts definitely help me. They help my brain recharge (because I am not really using it when I train). Moreover, it recharges my social batteries since I do not have to converse with anyone if I do not want to during such activities. And obviously – it makes my body feel better. It powers me. Win-win on all fronts. What could I be doing with my time? Binging TV shows? Maybe. That will only get you so far.
Today, on a Monday, think of something that might seem painful to you (figuratively speaking). Something that you are not a fan of doing. Something that could, however, help you in your life. What is it? The beginnings might be tough, but imagine the “feel good” feelings once you get into it and GO FOR IT! Immerse yourself in it and BE HAPPY!
I have been thinking about this for a while now, but I feel like today is a great day to actually start it. I have had a good week and weekend and I want to capitalize on it. What is it that I plan on restarting? Writing creative pieces in response to prompts every day. Do not worry, I will not be sharing them all here. It is just for me. Something to help me boost my creativity and foster my passion for writing.
How are you feeling this Monday?
Was your weekend productive?
Is there something that you want to start today?
How does an active lifestyle make you feel?
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