“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J.K. Rowling
Probably my favorite author of all time rivaled only by Diana Gabaldon. Whether or not you are a lover of literature, Rowling’s books offer quite a bit of insight over many issues and are still easy to read. This is one of many quotes I adore that can be found throughout her books and one that I find applicable to my daily life.
I don’t know about you but I’m a dreamer and some of my dreams are more grandiose than others. Some of the things I dream of occur years from now and it’s seldom that I find myself ‘living in the moment’. I think this is a serious problem and it’s one that I struggle with daily to rectify. I’m not saying that planning ahead is a bad thing, absolutely not. But forgetting to cherish the present because I’m always looking to the future is dangerous.
I know we’ve all heard that as we get older time speeds up. I remember when my parents used to tell me this when I was 5 or 6 and I’d roll my eyes and scoff like a know-it-all toddler. How right were they! We are almost 1/3 of the way done with this year. It’ll be April in 10 days! That’s definitely crazy to think about. As I’m getting older I’m starting to cherish the little moments that happen day to day that I didn’t really care about even a few years ago. Life is precious and fleeting and I’m afraid that in the blink of an eye I’ll be 50 and wondering where the time went and why I was so eager to grow up in the first place.
That being said… it’s good to set goals and dreams that give you a feeling of purpose and push you to better yourself. I mentioned in my last post about setting goals for you and I still stick by this. I’ve made the commitment to being healthy and although some people may not classify this as a ‘dream’, it’s a never ending goal for me. I will never reach a spot where I will say “Oh…that’s it. It’s been obtained…I’m healthy now. Yay!” This is something that I must strive for daily and although I will slip up I know it’s a dream worth pursuing. I hope you all find something that fuels you with passion and forces you to commit to it each and every day!
Exercise: Today we did a “Hit the Deck” exercise inspired by The Biggest Loser. You take a deck of cards and each suit represents a different exercise with the number signifying the amount of reps you need to do. The face cards and joker signify longer, ‘more intense’ workouts than the numbered cards. I recommend it, it’s a fun way (and challenging) way to exercise and you’ll be amazed at how quickly the time flies.
Here’s to a healthier you!