Wednesday, June 08, 2011
“Are you ready for change?”
That is my new mantra. Sometimes it changes to – “are your REALLY ready for a change?”
How often have I said, or heard someone else say, “I’d give my right arm to look like her” or “I’d do anything to be like that”? And we all know as soon as we say it that we don’t really mean it. I mean – who’d really give up their right arm or do ‘anything’ (literally) for a better body?
For me, I think that it’s about really wanting and being willing to work for the change. Whatever that change may be – and for some people it is different things. For some it’s about the number on the scales, or a lifestyle they’ve been coveting or changing their diet or incorporating fiscal goals into a healthy way of life or just having a better mental outlook.
When you visualize the ‘change’ you want in your life – what does it look like?
For me I think about a few key words: Strong, Peaceful and Ready.
Strong – that word can mean so many different things – and honestly, my definition of the word changes day to day. So what “strong” means is still a work in progress. But I know I want to be able to identify with it.
Peaceful – when I think of some of the women I admire most, or that I think are most beautiful it is those that seem at peace (and sometimes showcase) their ‘quirks’. They are not the women who hide behind hair or layers of make-up or wear outfits that they hope hide their imperfections. It’s those women who have found peace with their individuality that I admire. I want that. I want to get to the point where I look in the mirror and don’t notice my faults first. When you look at your hair in the mirror, what do you notice first? The 5 out of place or the 100,000 hairs that are where they are supposed to be? Personally, my hair has some funky flips – but I love the color. I want to get to a place where I feel peaceful enough to admire my color and laugh at my funky flips and waves.
Ready – When I went to grad school, my inspiration was to be “ready”. Ready for what, I did not know…but ready. I wanted to have the knowledge and degree so that when a door opened I would be ready to walk through it with confidence. I want the same thing but in a physical way. I want to be in that place where if I was invited to go on a hike or a bike ride or kayaking or whatever – I could just say “sounds awesome. I’m ready!” and not think, “oh no… what if I’m not fast enough, strong enough, or mentally tough enough?” I’m ready to be “ready”.
I know that these are all going to take time. But I think that “strong, peaceful and ready” all represent a change that I want and am willing to work for.