If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?

Do you ever catch yourself saying, when work slows down I’ll get back into my routine? Or, on the first of next month I will start my diet again? Or, I’ll just enjoy the summer and once autumn hits, I will be strict with myself.

We project into the future all of these goals, that way we rationalize the bad habits we are fostering right here and right now.  I come from a place of total understanding here. I have been there, and sometimes I still am there. It’s easy to say that you’ll start tomorrow as you load up your ice cream with all the toppings because you “won’t be able to have them anymore”.

What about the here and now?

But what if, for just a moment, we stopped bookmarking our goals at some place in the future. I hate to get all morbid here, but who knows if you will even have a tomorrow. I say that to give you some perspective, and to make you consider the mere idea that we can work towards our goal, live in the present moment, AND eat the ice cream.

Is it the most absurd idea that we can actually enjoy life without having to constantly be counting calories, fitting into the next size down, and working out at the gym 10 times per week? I’m no expert but I do think that life was meant to be fun and lived to the fullest.

What’s the worst thing that can happen if you stop being so hard on yourself, forget the judgement and just LIVE. It doesn’t matter how old you are, the only person you have to appease at the end of the day is yourself.

What if today you allowed yourself to just live without the pressure of meeting certain expectations? What if you released the self-doubt, the fear, and the guilt?

What if you lived in the moment and made the best choices for you right now?

What if?

 



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