The Season of Change and Thanksgiving
There is a lot of change going on in my house. So much so, I can't figure out if I am happy or really, really sad about it. Even though I skip around town sharing positivity and happiness through physical fitness...I am still very much human. I tend to have a very hard time with change in my own life.
I have always been weird when it comes to change, I like the idea of it, the excitement of it but I h a t e going through it. My oldest daughter, for example, will be going to college next fall. She has committed to UPenn and even though I am extremely happy for her, I think I have already started the grieving process. I mean, it was like yesterday she was 4 years old, wearing her little yellow, floral dress and big white baby shoes. Now she is preparing to head off to college, on the other side of the nation? Wait...W H A T?!? and now I have to be supportive and OK with that? AHHHH! . . .I know, "cut the cord already!" but I actually like my kids. LOL!
Along with change comes stress. If you don't know this already, we cause our own stress. We internalize a situation and make it about us when it's not always about us. We get headaches, stomach aches and the only way to feel better is to possibly EAT the stress away or not eat at all. Which one are you?
During the months of September, October and November change happens every where. The weather changes, our kids change, partners and relationships change, sometimes jobs and even our way of life changes at a drop of a hat. But it's not the "change" that's important, it's about how we handle change that will effect not only us but everything around us. If you are having a hard time like myself, take the focus off of yourself and put your feet in someone else's shoes. How can you help them? What can you do to not make the situation about you but how you can make the situation better? How can you be giving and thankful going through change? Do you have a stress release that is healthy and helpful within your environment? Ask yourself these questions, write them down and start to take on one solution at a time. You can do it...I know you can!
Fitness is not always about the body, it's about what you are putting your body through when going through a positive or negative change. Get your mind right, stay positive and always look on the bright side before heading to the dark side. Do I always look at the bright side first? Absolutely NOT but I know how to stop myself, pray, meditate, BREATHE in positive vibes, slow down and start over again. You have that power...use it, accept change and remember..."Change is needed to grow and if you don't grow, you are not living.". Continue to live and see what life will bring you next.
Thank you, Gail Sheehy for this very helpful and inspiring quote.