It is so inspiring to read about how some sparklers can run marathons, lose 150 lbs, start a business, etc.
Then there is me.
Then there is you.
Yes, we are all on the road of healthy living, fitness, right eating together, but we all have different obstacles in our path. In fact, we frequently have different paths. Remember the tortoise and the hare? Well, it is not necessarily a race. What counts is that we are in the game, and we are moving in the right direction. Just watch out for the rocks, or pebbles that make us stumble.
What can a greyhound tell a snail: "If you had 4 legs you could run faster?" Perhaps, but it is not going to happen. The snail has to make do with what a snail has, one slimy foot, and a cute little shell. I am not a greyhound, nor am I a snail, though I may be a little slow in moving at times.
So as I watch all the big guys, the greyhounds, the lions, the rabbits, the jaguars, the elephants, the mice, I realize that we all have our advantages, and disadvantages. We all have what we have and we can't just walk into the local store and ask for something that will change who or what we are.
Sparklers, we need to take assessment of who we are, and work with that. Wishing and hoping won't make a pumpkin into a coach. We don't have Fairy godmothers to help us achieve those dreams. We have to make it happen with self discipline, a little sweat equity in who we are. And, honest realism of who we are and what we have to work with is important. It is not detrimental to be honest about how much we can do without pain.
If all you, or I, can do is walk a mile, good - there are some that can't do that.
Whatever you can do, do. Keep yourself honest, and do what is good for you. Sure, I would love to hop on my bike and go 18 miles again, but right now, it is not going to happen. I can go outside and walk a few miles, or at times just a few blocks, or much less. I do what I can, and realize that I cannot measure my ability to someone else. I am me. You are you.
Personally, I think I am a little ladybug.
I have short little legs, and am not as flexible as a gazelle. Turtles move at light speed compared to me. But then again, no comparisons. I am me, and you are you. So, do the right thing for you, and I will do the right thing for me.
Right now that means:
listening to my body, giving it the rest and nourishment it needs, not overdoing the fitness and taking it lightly. I know I will never run a marathon, but I commend and admire those who can. Run one for me. I am cheering you on!
I am on a slightly littler path, doing the right thing for me.