I have a post-it that sits on my computer. It is at the bottom of the screen, so it catches my eye every time I glance from the screen to the keyboard or a notebook. It says Om Namah Shivaya and it means, I bow to that which I am becoming. The saying is pretty powerful to me. It means that I am not where I want to be, but I am on the right path. It can be used in health or life in general. If you make choices that reflect who you want to become, you will eventually become that person. If you keep waiting until X happens, you will never see your dreams come true. The trick about being healthy is that the number on the scale is not the end of the journey. I did not become healthy when I lost 40 pounds, I did not become healthy when I started paleo, or cross fit, or AIP, or ran a 15K. It has been a continual journey and process. I am the healthiest I have ever been, but I am still continuing on because you can’t stop doing the things you are doing once you reach that level. One of my goals for the last 100 days of the year was to become a more patient mom. I would say that I am becoming more patient, but I am no where near patient. I am more aware when I am not patient, and I analyze the situations where I am not so patient; in an attempt to be better next time. Because there will always be a next time.
I found a great quote about writing as it pertains to a life journey:
No one is born a writer. You must become a writer. In fact, you never cease becoming, because you never stop learning how to write. Even now, I am becoming a writer. And so are you. Joe Bunting
If you go through life learning more about a topic you wish to master, you will never become a master. You must do something with your knowledge. Try what you think might work. You can always evaluate and make changes. I started the year wanting to get into the best health of my life. I tried some different work out challenges, then I tried a video series, it wasn’t until I found running that my body said, Yes! This is it! I still found changes and growth through my trials this year, and I don’t think running will be the answer forever. As you transition in life, whether your health or your career, pay attention to what feels right, your mental happiness, and physical response to changes you implement. Fully commit to making changes, even when not perfect in decision making, become the person you were meant to be.