For the last year, I have been starting to get better: better at writing daily, at exercising, and at this game called life. And then I stopped. I would love to rationalize my behavior, but I am closing in on my fortieth year of life and frankly, I’m tired. Tired of being too scared to make the changes in my life that I need and want to make. Tired of not being happy at the end of the day. Tired of feeling like I am letting the people I love down.
Today, I am adding being in pain to the list of things I am done with. Yesterday, I received an answer to why my foot and ankle have been hurting for the last couple of months. I have a bit of bone under the arch of my foot, as well as a bone spur on the heel of the same foot. On Monday I see the podiatrist and, hopefully, work out a plan that will let me get back to exercising and feeling better physically and mentally. It is hard to work out when you hurt whenever you move.
It seems like every time I get going in one direction something happens to stop my forward momentum. After 39 years of this happening repeatedly, the reason became clear. Like most people, I am my own worst enemy.
I am the one who hasn’t spent enough time writing, exercising, or choosing joy. I made those choices and now I am burnt out, constantly exhausted, and out of options. I get up and go through my day looking for magical escape hatches that don’t exist.
Do I have a plan to change? Yes.
Will it work? I don’t know.
Part of my plan to write more is to enlist some help in editing and promoting my work. Thanks to a good friend and talented editor, Cat B. of Catalyst Editing and Consulting, for agreeing to work with me. She is going to help with this blog, and also with upcoming projects. The second part of the writing plan is for me to get off my bum and just write. No more excuses, just writing.
As for the rest of my life, I have a lot of shredding to do so I can start living my own joy. Life is too short to do otherwise.
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3 thoughts on “Starting and Stopping”
One of the best things that I have heard and that I use for my life is:
Be kind to yourself.
Think about how you would treat a friend that was in your situation and treat yourself that way.
It has helped me.
Thank you, Michelle, I am working on that.
Steady as you. What is important is progress not perfection. As a recovering alcholic I have had to learn (I am still learning) how to accept life on life’s terms without dumping my dreams. Steady as you go and you will go. Enjoyed your book by the way!