Stop what you’re doing.
In this moment, this precise moment, what you are doing right now is part of your journey. Remember that, it’s important. It doesn’t matter if you have a goal for your destination or not. Whether you are reading this on the way to work, home from the gym or on your sofa in your pyjamas – you are on your own personal journey and I’m here to remind you to enjoy it, not just where you’re going to end up.
I’m saying this to you because I forgot this yesterday. I was running late and going to miss the start of my boyfriend’s cricket match, I knew it meant missing supporting him and wishing him good luck which I hated. I was halfway through my car journey, listening to my favourite playlist (there is currently a LOT of Ed Sheeran on there!) when I realised I was so focused on getting somewhere that I wasn’t enjoying the right now and being present where I was.
See, I love driving. Plugging in my music and driving can never put me in a bad mood, great music and an open road is healing to my adventurous soul but I was so focused on my destination and getting to that cricket match I forgot to enjoy the journey that would get me there.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
I took that message and reflected it in everything else in my life. My food, fitness journey, work, social life. I realised I’ve been doing it far too much lately in many aspects of my life. Wanting to be so much stronger in the gym far too quickly and being disheartened when it doesn’t happen. Cooking whatever is easiest instead of spending time in my kitchen just creating – which I so love to do! Planning months of work down the line but neglecting the present.
Are you guilty of this?
Is any of this ringing alarm bells to you?
I wanted to tell you that you’re not alone. We can get so focused on our body goals or work aspirations that we actually end up missing out on opportunities in the present and create an unhealthy mindset that forgets to remind us to just live, to purely enjoy the moment.
Yes, what you do today sets you up for tomorrow and all the tomorrows after that. But if you don’t enjoy the journey getting there, was it really worth it?
Take a breath, pull yourself back from all the planning and the anxiety that can bring and remember that today won’t ever happen again so enjoy it and make it count.
Until next time,
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