Justify your Joy
I can’t do a cartwheel.
There. I’ve said it. I’ve always meant to learn, but never felt fit enough, was too heavy, too busy, getting too old, don’t want to fail…the list goes on. So. Many. Excuses. But now my four year old daughter wants me to teach her, and I can’t. The excuses. stop. here.
In this hectic world, there are some things that just get saved for “later.” I’ll learn to (fill in the blank) when I’m less swamped at work.” “We’ll plan that trip when I’ve dropped 50 pounds.” “I’ll join that boot camp class when I’m feeling stronger.” We all say these things, but how often do we think about what we could be missing?
Delaying joy as a means of celebration (i.e. a vacation, a big shopping trip, etc.) can be a wonderful way to
motivate yourself through challenging times. Whether you’re making a weight goal or paying off student loans, the shinier the carrot, the more exciting the chase.
That said, delaying joy until things are “perfect” can be damaging. Self-doubt, feeling rushed and exhausted, or just being stuck in a rut can keep us from gifting ourselves the little bursts of excitement that can make all the difference in getting through the boring days.
What have YOU always wanted to do?
Take up distance running? Switch careers? Travel? Become a more engaged parent? Change your health?
Find an accountability partner. Write down your SMART Goals, and stick to them. Seek out a mentor. Make time for yourself. Fall down. Get back up.
Speaking of which, who wants to teach me how to do a cartwheel?