Saturday, March 28, 2009
I enjoyed reading Nicole Nichols blog, "Discover the Perfect Workout for Your Fitness Personality."
It made me think about who I am now, where I've been, where I'm going, all of the choices that are out there for me and who I want to become in the future. My biggest problem was that I could see a part of myself in every type! I was a math teacher for 25 years and sometimes I can be comfortable with routines, which would make me a square. I love to work in groups, but often work alone which would make me a rectangle. I keep copious notes and records and can be competitive, which would make me a triangle. There are days when I am a social butterfly which would make me a circle, but I admit once I make exercise a daily habit I am rather compulsive and driven. The only one I may be able to rule out is the squiggle. I'm generally not someone who flits from routine to routine, although I have to say that a certain amount of variety does keep me from getting bored. What do all these types have in common? Well, the square, rectangle and triangle are all made up of line segments. The circle is a closed curve and the squiggle involves a curved line. (yes, I know it's dumb but remember I was a math teacher) I would have to say I'm a flexible straight line that can be part of a group of straight lines to make a shape or can have the flexibility to become curved! Does this mean I'm a lost soul who can't make up her mind? I don't think so. I'm a composite of many parts - a work in progress with many avenues still available to learn from and explore. The question I need to ask myself is, "How do I proceed in such a way that I have enough choices to find my way and develop into the person I want to become in the future?" I want to continue to map out a course that will make me happy with myself and my life.
Something that I need to consider is the element of compromise. Life is all about compromise. If done using discrimination, it can make life easier for you and help you to grow and learn all along life's journey. If not done with discrimination but in absolutes, you can either end up alone, frustrated and bitter or you can begin to resemble a bowl of Jello and totally lose yourself. I don't know about you, but being alone, frustrated and bitter just doesn't appeal to me. As for the Jello, I'm trying my hardest to get rid of wiggly arms, thighs and butt and I'd prefer to keep anything that is vaguely akin to Jello away from me. There is this big, wide world out there just waiting for us to explore. I will try out many things before I choose to incorporate certain changes into my life. It needs to be a pretty good fit for me feel comfortable. Compromise with discrimination will widen my scope, add to my possibilities and choices and add spice to my life. It may at times take me out of my comfort zone, which I'm sure I'll find scary. If I can keep an open mind, take small risks by trying out new things and learn along the way, it looks like my future could be fun and exciting!