giving up on ordinary

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Giving Up On Ordinary is the title of a book by Isla Dewar which I read many years ago [0]. You can read many of the chapters as an ebook on Google [1].

"When Megs became a cleaner, she didn't realise that if people looked at her a cleaner would be all they saw."

This is what I sometimes think when I feel that I am under scrutiny. People attach a label, and proceed from there - student, administrative assistant, mature-age, overweight, woman, and so on.

"Megs has as full a life as the people she does for, ..."

And this is what keeps me going. I know that what other people see is a snapshot in time and only one facet of what it means to be me. I just picture how many post-it notes they will need if they want to attempt to properly attach all my labels emoticon

emoticon Today I officially started participation in the Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge [2]. I attempted to start last Sunday, but for some reason was really low on energy. Today I had the beans to do the first video [3] and the beginners Pilates video [4] that I'm enjoying at the moment. And, I was able to do my first proper form roll up emoticon Now my goal is to be able to do all four of them in time with the video!

[0] According to Google, the version I read was 1998, so yes, many years ago. books.google.com.au/book

[1] It really is very funny books.google.com.au/book

[2] www.sparkpeople.com/mysp

[3] www.sparkpeople.com/reso

[4] www.sparkpeople.com/reso

gratitude 4 (being able to ride my bike to sit next to a lovely river to have dinner, watching the pelicans on the lake, a partner that spontaneously suggests nice things to do that don't cost money, space and time to do what I want)
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    true Sandra
    2851 days ago
    Yes. I think a cleaner can be a very happy person, despite what others think of cleaners. We each pull joy from our own circumstances, and we usually kind of keep that joy to ourselves. It's like most of us probably go around thinking I'm luckier than you are, or at least as lucky. I think this knowledge comes with age. I notice younger bloggers on Spark are often trying really hard to grow and improve, and can get very impatient with themselves for not meeting their expectations. I and others are people who sometimes remind them that things will get better. Glenn
    2852 days ago
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