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The Youth Of Your Future

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today is day 14 of my current streak!

As most of my Spark friends probably know, I love to share motivational quotes. Here is one of my favorites;

"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra.
In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless."
-Victoria Moran

The term "the youth of your future" really strikes a chord with me. I'm 52, and I have a lot of regrets over how I've neglected my health for so many years. Beginning in my late 20's, I spent too much time sitting on my bum, overeating and just not caring. There was always that mythical "someday", when I was going to turn it all around and get in shape. I would watch infomercials for various workout programs and fitness equipment, and feel so inspired! I'd say "Yeah, someday I'm going to do that! Someday I'm going to lose this weight and get in shape! But right now....I think I'll go get some french fries and a milkshake."

I remember many times watching the Biggest Loser, while eating an entire bag of chips and a pint of ice cream. It was my bedtime "snack", which had more calories than most people should eat in an entire day!

And the motivational quotes...I had a notebook full of 'em! I'd read them and feel inspired to make a change in my life. I'd say "Yeah! I can do it! I can do it...tomorrow! Or....maybe next week!"

It wasn't until 2012, when I was a couple of months away from turning 51, that "someday" finally arrived. I woke up and realized that while I was waiting for my life to start happening, it was already happening, and it was passing me by.

When I was younger, I used to daydream about what my life could be like. But suddenly, at 51, I realized my daydreams had changed. I was no longer dreaming about future possibilities. I was daydreaming about the past, and wishing I could go back and start over. Wishing I could go back and take better care of my body.

I spent a few weeks being depressed and feeling sorry for myself. There was anger and regret. I was mad at myself for wasting my youth with an unhealthy lifestyle! But the closer I got to my 51st birthday, the more I realized that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself, and start doing something to change things. Otherwise, I'd just keep getting older and looking back on my younger self and wishing I'd done something different.

Well, it wasn't easy. But I got started. I struggled, and I got strong. I got healthier. I lost 71 lbs. And even though I'm only halfway to goal, I know that someday I will look back on this time of my life, and I will be proud of myself.

No matter what age you are now, this is the youth of your future. Make the most of it. As Victoria Moran said, "invest in yourself." Do it now, so you won't need to look back with regret. Your future self is depending on you!

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