“The young trainer, though, was wise beyond his years. He looked at her and said, ‘Look, it is likely you will never look that young again. You’re not supposed to! That should not be your goal. You are 45, and there is nothing wrong with that. But your goal is to be the best looking 45-year-old you can be! This process is going to take a lot of dedication and maybe even some pain, but ultimately if you hang with it, you’ll feel better too!'”
While the woman was clearly shocked at the trainer’s words, he was spot on! We’ve become a society where complaining is acceptable, even as we are envious of others, while wanting success without any effort! What makes this worse is our government seems inclined to aid in that mind-set and offers monies for a sustainable time period for those who would abuse the system at the expense of working folks.
I admit I need to exercise! I’m not in horrible shape, but exercise would be good. I’ve been reading about “preparing for the the next big catastrophe” and one thing I’ve found is that exercising is encouraged, because our “easy, sit in the chair” world we live in now, may be non-existent!
Studying in a variety of subjects is something else that would be good for anyone who wants to learn more. I fit in that category, as well! Now that said, I love to study. My problem was trying to figure out how to fit everything I wanted to study into a workable work week! I don’t go to a scheduled college class so everything I do requires self-discipline. That’s the tough part. Life has a way of stealing my study moments, and I find my study time is often placed on the shelf due to other pressing situations.
Now my son is quick to jump on that statement with an adamant correction. In essence, we find time for those things we find valuable. He’s right! If something is important to me, then I need to make time to see the project through. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. It means eliminate television, (which isn’t a problem unless it’s already on!) It means spending less time surfing the net and scrolling down through face book posts! It means deciding how important my study time really is, and making sure I accommodate my desire to be the best I can be!
So I challenge you to join me in doing less whining, and dedicate yourself to whatever you find particularly important in your life you aren’t doing now. It may be exercising, getting a degree, quilting or crafting, spending time with family, volunteering, independent studying or any other important task before you. It’s the only way you are going to be the best you can be!