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My Current Motivation

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recently, I have rejoined Sparkpeople after a two year hiatus. Recently, I have lamented all that I've lost (more aptly: Gained) by not keeping up with this little site and my health in general. Now, while I did gain back most of the weight I'd lost, I did also have some positive things come out of the past two years. I graduated college (for the second time) got accepted into the Master's program of my choice, got engaged to the most wonderful man in the world, landed my dream job after 3 years of volunteer work, and I grew into new hobbies such as photography and ornithology.
Balance is the word that best represents what I strive for in life. I need to find balance so that I may do and enjoy all of my hobbies, jobs, school, life, love, ect... I am glad that I know balance is a goal, and I am glad that I will continue to strive for it.
Recently, I have become a fan of Vampire Weekend. I say this because with all that I have mentioned, they are my current motivation. I am motivated specifically by the song "Giving Up the Gun." There are three reasons for this and I am going to share them with you:
Reason One: The lyrics:

Your swords grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
Its locked up like a trophy
Foretting all the things its done
All though its been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
Now you’re giving up the gun

But in the years that passed
Since I saw you last
You haven’t moved an inch
You’re right back where you started from

These lyrics speak to me because that's how I've felt recently. Like I've stagnated with regard to fitness. I was so powerful and I didn't even realize it. And now it's gone. Some people fear change.. I have the opposite phobia; I fear never changing. We all need to change, move, and grow, it makes us more well rounded and more exciting people. The idea of just sitting still terrifies me. These lyrics will forever haunt me and remind me to not sit still, figuratively and literally.

Reason Two: The Video

This video portrays a woman tennis player beating every foe. Nothing can stop her, until she's matched with herself. This is incredibly symbolic of my own struggles. I like to think that I accomplish every goal I set for myself. Minus one: weight loss. The reason? I am in my own head. I cannot beat myself. No matter how hard I try. I am my own worst enemy. This video reminds me that I need to stop comparing myself to others and that I need to celebrate my successes and not look at them as failures just because someone else can do it better. I can beat myself if I learn to appreciate myself.

Reason Three: The Lyrics:

I see you shine in your way
go on, go on , go on

Similar to reason two, this lyric reminds me that I celebrate my own successes. I have my own goals, my own reasons to be proud and that I should be proud of them!

So go on, go on, go on and keep moving my friends. Appreciate yourselves and every little victory. And if you can't run as fast as the next guy remember that you run faster than your old self and that you are not growing old and rusty. Instead you are growing and changing into a better you.

Stay happy healthy and safe friends,
Jodi Ann!
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    Yay for you lady! Love when you said that you need to stop comparing yourself to others, that's something I definitely need to do too. You got this, so happy you're back around!
    1880 days ago

    What a great song! I like that you kind of have an anthem right now. :)

    Glad to see you back and so glad you commented on my blog!! We'll be able to follow along with each other now. :) I know what it's like to take a break and let things get stagnant... that's where I was too. No more! Moving onward and upward.

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    1895 days ago
    Welcome back,,,,I enjoyed your blog! emoticon ,,,I think I want to be your friend,,,,click!,,,,,,,,, emoticon
    1896 days ago
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