Looking Forward, Looking Back
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
I've been challenged to visualize where I'll be in 10 years, and what I might say to my "now" self, then. That is a challenge indeed! I certainly know where I want to be: healthy, several sizes smaller, fitter, involved in all types of exercise regularly, fully connected with family and friends and helping to inspire them to reach their goals . . . . But can I believe that "me" is really out there? That's the question!
Based on past experience, I'd have to say that particular "future me" is only one possibility. What seems most likely is that I will continue in the way I have gone for the LAST 10 years: sometimes "up" and committed and doing well at becoming what I want to be, and a lot of times just managing to slip from day to day without thinking much.
So what would my "future me" want to say to my "present me"? I guess first and foremost would be to mention the necessity of mindfulness. Of living with conscious intention. Setting goals and keeping them in the forefront of my mind, and taking advantage of each opportunity as it comes along to work toward reaching those goals. That is very hard for me at present, as a full-time working mom and housewife, with all the time-consuming responsibilities that entails! But I think my future self would encourage my present self that little steps do matter, little changes do add up, and that as long as you're alive it's not too late to refocus and start again! I think Future Me would also encourage me to make time to stay connected with the people that encourage and inspire me to live better. Like Sparkpeople!
I think Future Me would also tell me that committing to change is worth it, that more can be accomplished that I am presently prepared to believe. That dreaming big is a step in the right direction, not an exercise in futility! And I think Future Me would say Thank You. Thanks for taking the time in your busy present life to make your future a priority, and to begin making the little changes needed to get there. Because "there" can be better than "present me" might dare to hope, and it's worth it!