Ow! That's a word for how I'm feeling right now. A few other accurate choices would be: happy, relaxed, content, excited. I've started another job (finally!) It feels so great to be making closer to what I need to meet my bills!!! I've got a cleaning job, actually; I'm cleaning our state capitol building overnights. Some people may not like working overnights, but I sure do! I hate waking up in the morning, with the sun all bright. I'd much rather get up at night & sleep during the day. Is that strange? Yeah, I'm strange. I also like watching the sunrise, but not if I have to wake up to do it!
There are some drawbacks to this type of work, however. I am on my feet for around 8 hours, which I haven't been accustomed to for at least four years. Second, the majority of the floor on which I walk is marble. Translation: marble doesn't give any softness at all to my poor feet. It doesn't give way at all! Third, I didn't have the money to buy any good shoes for this, so I'm wearing my best walking shoes for now. As soon as I get my first full check, I'm getting professionally fitted at Dick's Sporting Goods with some cross-training shoes. Since I'm doing more movements than just walking (vaccuming, dusting, mopping, etc.) I figure those are the best. You get what you pay for in brand names of shoes, so I hope to get some Nike or Reebok sneakers. Those are the two brands that I know to be most durable. I've worn out cheaper pairs in a matter of weeks. This will not do! I also have been wearing arch support inserts, since I recently discovered that I have high arches. I also am planning to get some gel insoles. They will be worth the investment for this job! I have every intention of keeping this job, for my top two positives: I'll be moving for most of my shift and NEED THE MONEY! All of my coworkers are also very professional, which is the most I could ever hope for in coworkers, for once! I also have a certain, if eventual, promotional opportunity. Needless to say, last week was my first week and was very rough. I haven't been doing physical work like this in a while, only my workouts. I've been sore a lot & took the last week off from exercising because I felt I needed the rest. However, I have been doing about 10 minutes of stretching before and after work to help with the muscle stiffness and what not. Today was my first day back working out. I went for a 15 minute walk and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it! It was cold, but a few degrees above freezing. I was dressed smartly and went for a pre-dawn walk after work. I was so into it and even was passed by a couple out jogging their dog.
I was already pleased by this, but then, thought I saw a shooting star. (It turned out to only be a reflection of lighting, though.) I quickly made my usual "I wish to be happy" before I realized I was mistaken. Then, I recalled some quote I read associated with Spark People. "A goal without action is only a wish." I may be paraphrasing, since I can't quite remember whether it was Sparker's signature on message boards or what. I realized that I was happy, walking!
I really feel ecstatic when I'm exercising! So, it wasn't just a wish: rather, it was a goal I was reaching!
What more can you really want in life? I must hold this feeling whenever I want to not work out or procrastinate. This is it. Some people search their whole lives for that elusive ______ (money, spouse, etc. here) that will make them happy. I've found it, and it is SPARKPEOPLE!