It's been almost a week since the last post. Almost a week! ((what have you been doing hathaway?!))
You wouldn't believe me if I told you. OK. You might believe me, but nobody else would. 🙂
I got up late this morning (the sun was already up and everything!) and decided to do the weekly check on the facebook (Dee is not a big facebook fan) to see what my family might be up to. It's easier than actually calling them (sorry fam.. you know how I am) After I go through the first 6 pages of Mafia Wars and Farmville updates (I block more than I actually read) I find that my sister has just finished her first 5k run. Great. She's running 5k and I'm sleeping half the day away, sittin' in my jammies with my feet on the desk reading facebook. and i don't even like facebook (did I mention that already?).
I actually ran a cross-country 5k race when I was young(er) and thin(ner) and more in shape(r). It was pretty brutal... carrying an M16 and running in uniform through the swamps of Japan (yes, they have swamps). But it was a lot of fun and just exhilarating to cross the finish line. And I hope to never do it again.
I've spent a bit of time lately thinking about how to stay excited and motivated about things, and now thinking about running that 5k, and how awesome my sister is for running one, I thought I would ponder in print (which means you have to see it) about how to keep that spark, that light, that special something going once you find something good. You know, keep that dedication going, whether it be a 5k run, dropping the weight or saving up to buy your own racer (you can always just ride in mine, you know). So I took a few notes to get me started.
1. I have no idea what I'm doing.
2. Penguins are cute. I saw some dachshunds this morning that were not cute. I did not know that could happen. But I have yet to see an uncute penguin.
3. You are awesome
And from there I decided that maybe I shouldn't make a list. But this would be an extremely short (and probably better) post if I just stopped after deciding that I don't know what I'm doing. So I thought I would share some of my years of insight and experience with you.
Then I realized that I don't have any (I told you I don't have any idea what I'm doing... weren't you paying attention?!). I'm totally making this up as I go. But I can let you in on a few things that have led to the new improved Dee, things that I hope to carry forward into bigger and better (and gooder) things. You ready? (well, we're moving on anyway)
- Know what's important to you. And focus on that. Health and happiness (which includes you!) are my vanguard. I'm still focused on doing what makes me happy and keeps me healthy.
- Got get it. All the intending and planning and wishing in the world won't get you anything (unless you're me) without moving, without taking a risk. You already know what you want. Go get it!
- Develop a routine. I know that doesn't sound exciting, but you need to make sure that you spend some quality time every day developing yourself and the things that are important to you. Set aside time for your passion; don't let it become ordinary.
- Vary the routine. Okay, I know I said get a routine first. So I will narrow that down. Get a bit of a routine, something you can count on. But don't travel the same road all the time or you will just find yourself in a rut. Mix it up!
- Learn to say no. Do not think that you have to do anything just to make someone else happy. You start compromising yourself and pretty soon you are a crappy version of what you think somebody else expects you to be.
- Remember why you started in the first place, what it was like before.
- Be true to you. Be honest. Be trusting. Especially with yourself.
These are not great words from a guru (what do you want for free?) but they are honest words from me to you. I don't know much... but I think I have figured out a little bit about the good things (just read all those posts about intention) and I think we can help each other get what we really want out of life. Isn't that what friends are for? 🙂
So let's make a deal, you and I, to always remember what it was like before, be grateful for what we have now, and wish for more. Let's be trusting and always tell the truth, with ourselves and each other. Let's be a little spontaneous and make time for each other whenever we can (I can be found right here); never miss an opportunity. Let's not be afraid to ask the tough questions, and give the brave answers, and just zip it when we need to. Let's take a few risks, follow our hearts and our instincts; but always use our heads. and we'll be safe, and happy. Let's never miss an opportunity to let each other know what we really think (isn't that what the comment section is for?) and how we really feel.
I'll start. You.are.awesome! And I like you.