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Make a Decision

Sunday, April 08, 2012

As I was out hiking this morning, I had an epiphany. Well, not really, but sometimes a productive thought passes through this noggin of mine, so I thought I'd share it with my SparkleLovelies.

When I started hiking my mountain regularly, I made the conscious decision to not take the road more traveled. Granted, it's the same trail everyone else uses, but I don't take the smoother path - the path that has been ground down to dirt and pebbles from all the foot traffic. I choose to walk a couple feet over, where the larger rocks have been kicked to by the smooth walkers, where the ascent/descent is a little steeper and takes a little more coordination to navigate through.

Now, my entire life I have been a frontrunner for the imaginary title of 'Miss Uncoordinated', so choosing this option was a surprise even to me. But I wanted results. I can hike a little slower and get my muscles more toned by the extra motion and lunges that I need to perform. It has now become second nature to take the rocky road less traveled during my hike.

This morning, I realized * light bulb moment * that this is an analogy for how I want to live my life.

That easier path...what happened when I took that route? What did it ever do for me? Well, for starters, it got me up to 265 pounds. It made me comfortable. I had my immediate family and I had my best friend. I never did anything without at least one of them. I was unhappy, but I was set in my ways and not willing/too afraid to try something new. It was smooth; it was (for the most part) drama-free.

Now, drama-free is fine and dandy and is something I definitely want to strive for in the future. But I'm not ready for the dust to settle on my rocky road just yet. I need to work towards something. During this difficult journey, I will trip and I will stumble. I will skin my knee and come across roadblocks. I need to prove that I can adapt to the elements. That I can overcome anything and everything life can throw my way.

I still have my immediate family and I still have my best friend. But now I want so much more. I WILL move back to California this year. I WON'T be afraid to go to the several parties I get invited to. I WILL get on the dance floor. I WILL ride that mechanical bull. I want to get out. I want to enjoy life. I want to meet new people. I want to go back to school.

Until then, I will continue to ask myself one thing. And I pose this same question to you:

"It's decision time - which path are you going to take today?"
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    Good question! Great blog!
    2161 days ago
    One of the things i told myself I would try to do this January was to try at least once things I was asked to do that took me out of my normal comfort zone. So far it has worked well for me.

    Very motivational blog

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    2167 days ago
  • JAYDEE16
    This is awesome!!! Can I be next in line for that mechanical bull?? :)

    I LOVE to hike, and the toughest trails are always the most rewarding, the most full of surprises, and the most beautiful. Why settle for mediocre?

    Hang on to this epiphany and the inspired feeling behind it - it will take you far!
    2167 days ago
    I loved this blog Shelby!! It perfectly describes how I've been feeling lately. I want to get out and enjoy this world instead of living in a bubble, afraid to venture out..
    Thanks for posting this!!
    2167 days ago
    Great blog! You've unlocked a new side of yourself. You're fearless and ready for a challenge! emoticon emoticon
    2168 days ago
    Love this Shelby!! I can totally relate!!
    2169 days ago
    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing!
    2169 days ago

    SUPER MOTIVATING!!! Really got me to thinking about the path I am taking...I need to stop sampling the path least taken and just take the more difficult path, like others, it will become easy...and I will move over to a more diffcukt path...

    I am not riding no mechanical bull though...I draw the line there...lol

    Ok, may be I will try it....! :-)
    2169 days ago
    I agree. Well said.
    The road least travelled - rather than focus just on the destination, enjoy the journey.
    Rather than do what everyone else does, better to stop and think about why, and whether it is right for you.
    2170 days ago
    This is a great blog and very motivational. Just what I needed today! Keep up the hard work.
    2170 days ago
  • JENNNY135
    Great blog, I'm going to take a new path on my run.

    Happy Easter
    2170 days ago
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