The Week of Self Care: Part II
I toe with the line between comfort and challenge. I’ve been teetering on that line for quite a while already. You grow accustomed to your mediocre routine of doing the bare minimum to stay afloat or just get by. That routine becomes a cozy little nook in which you serve yourself a cup of tea, sit down, get comfortable, and just watch as the time goes by; not doing terribly by any standards, but also not living, simply existing. While in this little nook, I have packed on the weight, put away my books, and put away my camera. I failed to realize that when I packed on those pounds and put away those objects, along with them, I packed away my joy, my curiosity, and my craving for exploration.
I go back and forth speaking in first person and speaking for some of our audience because sadly, I’m not alone. Unfortunately, some of you are also in that little nook waiting for inspiration to hit. Guess what? It is not going to hit us. This nook though, it isn’t meant for us to live in. I am exhausted and cramped, and if you’re reading this post, you probably are too.
So why don’t you make that jump with me?
Because the most caring thing we can do for ourselves is not only admit that we got too comfortable with ourselves and have been coasting, but also pull ourselves out of this little comfort zone and into a challenge. It would be too simple, and a lie, if I were to tell you I was going to lose the pounds, post more images every single day, and go back to reading a book per week by next month. What I can share with you is the promise I’ve made myself: to accept more challenges and to change my vocabulary.
It isn’t that I couldn’t do it, it’s that I had not accepted the challenge to even try.
Past tense of course. I began accepting more challenges this summer the minute I turned in my two weeks’ notice, the day I went for a jog, and even the day I started meal prepping with the boy (Chick Fil A is really going to miss my money). If you came to this post to read what my own self-care routine is, I deeply apologize for the disappointment. I don’t have a workout routine or beauty regimen I can share, the only thing I can tell you is working so far, is to just say yes to the unknown. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted if anything changes.