Awareness, I believe, is the #1 thing we must have in order to move forward in life. This means understanding WHY we do the things we do as well as seeing a situation from more perspectives than just ours.
Here is one awareness that important to grasp. We are thrown multiple advertisements for diets, fitness and other health related activities every single day. We are reminded of laws and “expectations” given to us from society that we, often, feel the need or duty to fulfill. Wrong or right, we tend to abide by these rules and regulations as well as form our thinking based around our need to diet and be healthy.
Yes, absolutely, I support being healthy! BUT I don’t support the mentality that we should all form to be “health nuts.” Life isn’t about living completely one way or another. It’s about finding a ‘balance’ between healthy and unhealthy, good and bad, yin and yang.
Let me tell you from experience. In my recent exploration of becoming self employed as well as my journey to health I have gone to quite extremes. For awhile, I ate very healthy and I stopped drinking alcohol (for the most part.) I was so proud of myself for my ability to get to this level. My body thanked me and I looked the best I ever had, but this journey is all about learning and understanding who I am and who I really want to be. I realized that’s not totally who I want to be, but I also don’t want to be who I used to be. It’s about finding a common ground between my healthy healthy me and my less than healthy me.
This all sparked from a recent post a friend made on my Facebook picture of my husband and I snowmobiling in Upper Michigan last weekend. She said “you are seriously one well rounded woman, Anna. Impressive how you live life.”
That really got me thinking and even more motivated to create the life I want to live. I had recently spent one year of my life being as nutritiously conscious as possible and at the same time on a mission to build a business for myself. I gave up just about everything in order to build a business as quick as possible. In a few short months I was the unhappiest I had ever been. Stressed beyond belief. I’ll never forget one person telling me they felt I was the “epitome of healthy.” and all I could think was.. “my gosh, I don’t feel that at all.” Stress is a VERY unhealthy feeling and causes physical issues and disease.
Since hitting my wall of stress I started making some changes. I slowed down in business, reevaluated what I wanted from life… and started eating more cheeseburgers. I may not be eating the supreme healthiest I ever have, but at this point in my life I feel I can now better relate to my husband, enjoy the things I used to and overall be happier. Last year I went snowmobiling one time with my husband and this is only because I didn’t make time to experience one of the things we love most to do together. Being a big believer in creating my own happiness and living life without comparison to others, I won’t allow that to happen again. Oh, and while we were snowmobiling this weekend we drank beer and ate cheeseburgers! BUT always remember it is absolutely about balance. It’s never about one extreme or the other.
* Eat a cheeseburger, but not on the regular.
* Make time for play just like you make time for work.
* Create the life you want to live.