That’s right. You. Y is all about you. You are the most important thing. It’s you baby. You are what you eat. You give love a bad name.
I mean, how many times has it been about someone else? You are always sacrificing for your family, your job, your pets, your writing… the list goes on!
So today – make it all about you. If you can’t do it today, do it in the next week or two.
Find a place to go, even if it is in your own back yard, and just make it about you.
Start a page in your journal or online diary (I use Penzu – love it!) and make it all about you. What do you want? What would you do if there were no consequences? Where would you live if you had the choice? What is your dream job?
These are questions that should get you on a track to questioning your intent in life and really get your head spinning. I mean, there is only one you. You should be nice to you. It is so important to value yourself, if you don’t, no one else will.
Every day, I try to ask myself a hard question.
If this was the last day of your life, would you wan to live it this way?
If helping someone out meant a slight inconvenience, would you still help them?
It is amazing how much we get back when we give just a little.
So make today all about you.
Journal prompt for the day:
What does a day ALL ABOUT YOU look like?
Willing – Adjective
1.disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.
2.cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.
- How to Adopt an All Or Nothing Attitude (And How It Can Level Up Your Life) (lifehack.org)
- It’s Not Too Late! (ikoaamblessed.com)
Ah, variety. They say it is the spice of life. well, I’m not sure who “they” are, but they are correct. Imagine eating the same thing every day, watching the same program every day or even wearing the same clothes every day. Yeah, booooring.
Variety is a staple in our lives because we have complex brains that need stimulation. Sure, my cat can eat the same flavored crunchy cat food for the rest of his furry life because all he knows is that he is hungry, and the taste is palatable.
Last year I was on a health kick and this was my lunch:
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into chunks
3 ounces of low-fat cheese
4 slices of turkey
I ate it every day for about nine months until one morning I went to make my lunch and I couldn’t even look at those three items. My brain had become so conditioned to my daily routine, my motions and thought process was almost mechanical. But that other part of my brain (the part that needs stimulation, I suppose) realized I was not married, nor in a long-term relationship with the apples, cheese and turkey and it was okay. I could eat other foods.
Variety makes it interesting!
Challenge: Think about something you do each day that you could change. Maybe your lunch, clothes, make-up, morning beverage, route to work. Anything you can think of. Take notice to how you react to it. Was the change exhilarating? Uncomfortable?
Journal about your change.
Ah, the underdog. The person or being that has to go up against harsh odds to come out on top and prove to the world and himself that he is just as good as the top guns.
Remember Underdog the cartoon? He was a little geeky dog that sprung into action to help his love interest Polly Purebred when she victimized by the evil Riff Raff.
My favorite underdog of all time is Rocky. I am partial to the movie because it was filmed in my home town of Philadelphia, but more so I love when the underdog wins.
My top three Underdog Movies:
3. Braveheart – William Wallace goes on a tear of vengeance after the English kill his new wife. One of my votes for most violent movie of all time.
2. The Karate Kid – Here’s a movie that is the epitome of being the new kid in a town full of jerks. Daniel Larusso moves to a new town and has to put up with bullies. He meets Mr. Miyagi who makes Daniel do tons of tedious chores “wax on – wax off” that frustrate Daniel. All he wants to do is kick Pretty Boy Blondie’s ass. And he does.
1. Rocky – Of course Rocky! Sylvester Stallone is my hero in this for more than the obvious reasons. He wrote this screenplay and refused to let anyone play the lead in it except himself. How is that for balls? Rocky is just a regular Shmoe who goes up against Apollo Creed (Rocky was supposed to lose the fight). Rocky goes toe to toe for fifteen rounds with Apollo. This movie won three Oscars. Three!
Underdogs teach us that sometimes all we need is heart and determination to get through anything.
Do you recall a time in your life when you were an underdog? How about someone else?
“Time” is a wonderful song by Pink Floyd. It is Track Four on their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. I was reading up on this as it is one of my all time favorite Pink Floyd songs. I learned that this song is the only song that credited to all four members of the band.
This song is about life. More so, about how we let it just pass us by without little thought until we wake up one day and look around and all we have is age.
“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking. racing around, to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older. Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.” ~ Pink Floyd, TIME 1973.
This is one of the truest lines I have ever heard in a song.
We (most of us) go through life just existing. I am guilty of the same. I am no camel or llama on a hill that knows all. I speak from experience. Don’t we all?
Here are some “time” phrases:
“Only time will tell”
“Time is on my side”
“Give it time”
“One day at a time”
“Time is of the essence”
“Take your time”
Today, take some time for yourself and really get to know you.
What makes you tick? What is your passion?
The last twenty days have been a complete roller coaster of physical. mental and emotional whack-ed-ness. Tax season is over (yay!) and I can finally get back into focusing on my goals. Between family, writing like crazy and dealing with work, I was contemplating checking myself into a nice little padded room for a few days.
Luckily, I made it through the last two weeks (three and a half months) unscathed.
My goals remained unaltered for the most part, but I totally bombed on Script Frenzy. Yeah, I won’t be entering into any more so long as I work at an accounting firm. Something about trying to write three and a half pages of script a day and dealing with tax deadlines resembles milk and orange juice. They just don’t jive.
Trust me when I say, giving up on something is never something I do with shrugged shoulders. It pains me to admit that I cannot continue Script Frenzy, but I must be realistic.
The A – Z Challenge will be over in eight days. This one I will finish. It has been a lot of fun finding random words associated with positive mental health to blurb about. It has been even more fun visiting other blogs.
I have been getting in more exercise. I stopped walking in the park after my co-worker passed away last year (they needed me at the office) and I quit smoking in November. You know what that means!
Yep. I put on A LOT of weight. Not cool. They day after tax season, I decided I was going to walk in the park for at least twenty-five minutes a day (M-F). I have done it so far. As well as made it a point to go bicycling at a local park for an hour an afternoon.
Modified goals to go forth with:
1. continue to read/comment blogs
2. pull out WIP and begin edits
3. continue Flash Fiction Friday
4. thirty – forty minutes of cardio a day
5. review budget (I need to save for a car)
6. re-organize menus for the day – get rid of sugar loaded foods! (yogurt pretzels are not good for me!)
That is it for me my fine friends…
How are your goals coming along?
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! 😀
Sober is a way of life for me. I did some soul-searching (like I always do) and asked around. Apparently I am breaking the Anonymity rule by mentioning AA on my blog. So there will be no more of that. Apparently I read the text differently. I can talk about “support groups” and “help” and “alcohol” and “alcoholics” but AA is a big no-no. I certainly do not want to be “that girl.”
I will be sober six years this May. I got to say, in the beginning, I didn’t know how I would function. When I was out there, I hated myself and the thought of a day without drugs or alcohol was so foreign to me.
How would I deal with life?
How would I feel normal?
How would I fake the persona I came to be and make people like me all the while loathing who I really (thought I) was inside?
These were honest, legitimate questions I pondered the first three days of getting clean and sober. Those three days were spent locked in my apartment (a room) with water, cigarettes and the Military Channel. I have yet to feel as sick as I did for those three days.
But I got through it. I had two choices:
1) get sober.
There is a whole slew of crap that goes along with this. I have entertained writing a memoir. If my reaching out, writing and sharing helps one alcoholic or addict than it is all for the best.
To keep what I have, I have to give it away.
Thanks for letting me share.
- Getting Clean and Sober (alcoholic.org)
How do we reinvent ourselves? We have to change things up. Reinventing means taking something old and making it different. We reinvent ourselves when we take a long hard look at what is going on in our life and figure out what is or is not working.
Maybe you have a bad attitude at work or maybe you wear the same damn type of clothes every single day or you read the same types of books all the time. CHANGE IT UP!
When we reinvent ourselves we are giving our self permission to step outside the box – that box of fuzzy blanket comfort – and recharge our batteries.
Maybe you had your eye on a new journal to write in that will bring forth ideas for that book you have been wanting to write or maybe there is a class that you have been wanting to take because you just know it will do you tons of ooey goodness.
I’ll tell you what. All the nerve I possess I can thank my Gram for. She never let me be a sissy and stay in the same humdrum routine when I was a little girl. She taught me that if I want anything to change I have to change it. I have to reinvent it. I reinvent myself each day when I try something new or put a positive spin on a negative situation.
You can do it too!
The Day’s Ponder: When was the last time you reinvented yourself? Write down three ways you can reinvent yourself.