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Dear Future Self,
Yesterday I sat down to write this post, but no inspiration hit, so I decided to do something else, scheduling this to be published today.
Then this morning called for other things as well, so this post published itself without any content.
I know that in the past I would have been incredibly embarrassed about this. Now, I just think it’s funny and that it fits quite well with a topic I was thinking about earlier anyway.
And I have an hour until it’s dinner time. So, here we go:
The book Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds is based on the notion that, while we can’t control our feelings, we can control our behaviours and that our behaviours in return can change our feelings.
I strongly agree. You can test this by just changing your posture. If you’re tired and just hovering over your desk, take a deep breath, sit up, shoulders back and you will immediately feel differently.
Now in my Optimize training this idea is used to say that however we feel, we need to follow our protocol because it will then change how we feel.
While I think this may be valid when you are trying to implement new strategies into your life, or when you know that you never feel like doing something, but want to do it anyway because it’s what you believe is the right thing or best thing for you to do.
But sometimes there are other reasons to consider that might actually call for breaking your routine.
One of the things I’ve only recently learned about myself by spending a lot of time by myself, is how much it drains me to be around other people.
As I always had other people around me before, I never knew and just thought that my exhaustions was part of my life.
But it really comes from my inability to not let other people’s energy affect mine.
Now I’m learning to find ways to deal with this, to protect my energy, by setting boundaries and taking time to myself, centring and coming back to myself, but I’m learning, I’ve not mastered it yet.
The first sign for me to notice that I’m not at best form, is when I don’t feel like exercising.
So while I was well able to exercise the first two weeks I shared my space with other people, it became harder and harder in the third week and I noticed how I barely had energy for anything any more by the end of week three.
It’s like I enter into sharing space with other people in a full bodysuit that covers me perfectly and the more I feel the stress, the chaos, the noise, indecisiveness, unsaid words, confusion, underlying anger, the more small holes come in, the more small holes there are, they get bigger and bigger and I just feel completely unprotected and exhausted.
In the past, I simply evacuated these situations by drinking and waiting for them to pass. But apart from the fact that that doesn’t solve anything, it also masked what was really going on for me.
Now I notice and I can watch and learn.
Nevertheless, for the last days I couldn’t get myself to do my daily workout, I could have forced myself to do it anyway, but I decided not to.
And I also decided to wait how long it would take to start again naturally. It’s fun to just live life as an experiment to learn from.
It took 5 days of being by myself again for my body to say it is time to exercise again, today. And I feel fantastic.
Everything hurts a little after a break of a bit over a week, but I wasn’t ready before. My body needed to come back to normal.
And there can be many other reasons why we shouldn’t stick to our routine no matter what.
We could be injured (I honestly hear people talk about how they push through the pain and even though their whole body swells up and rebels, they still get their workout done – I doubt that this can be good for anyone), or there could be other things going on in our lives that we need to recognize.
If something is hard for you right now, don’t push through, listen to what it is that you need so that you will want to do what’s good for you again.
Of course, we need some awareness for this and it depends on where we are on our journey and how well we can communicate with our body yet, but the body knows what’s best. And so do we.
So, I’m pleased about this experiment and that my want for exercise came back without me pushing, and it is another step in learning to trust my gut feelings.
Dear Future Self, how well can you manage your energy?
How do you keep yourself energized among other people?
Dear Reader, how about you? What are your experiences with your energy and your routines?
My takeaway is:
Never ever blindly follow a plan, whether you made it yourself or someone else did. Listen to your body and adjust your plans to that.
Have a lovely weekend,
lots of love,
PS: I’m really curious if I will ever have to change my views on this one. Maybe my energy levels would have stayed higher if I had pushed myself to work out in those times anyway?
I’m sure we will find out. 🙂
► My Future Self Journal ▼
Why do I write to my future self? ◼︎ ●
Self-Actualizing, personal development, the search for more options, finding out how to actually live our best lives, or simply experiencing growth and change for any reason, might feel weird, scary or uncertain. Yet impermanence or becoming is something we all share.
I started to write and publish some diary post a while ago, and looking back at them even a month later, I felt like I should rewrite them because my perspective had changed so much.
But that would be like trying to erase the most essential part: the journey.
We don't just arrive at a certain point, we struggle, fight, fall down, run in the wrong direction, come back, stand up, fall again and yet continue.
We laugh, love, enjoy, paint, sing, dance, discuss and find ourselves surprised by the unexpected. With every experience, we spiral up and can dive into deeper levels of experience and understanding if we allow ourselves to do so.
This series is a documentation of a journey into the unknown.
It shows how vulnerability and fear can be present, and welcomed, and not stop us.
It's about admitting mistakes and acknowledging how easily we can be wrong, no matter how mindful, present, in tune and aware we are.
We'll never know until we try.
But most of all it's about celebrating life in all its different forms and shapes, colours and sounds and tastes, in depth and lightness - to witness life's endless beauty and continuous unfolding.
We are all a part of life's magnificence, the question is: How much of it do we allow ourselves to enjoy and experience?
The more we open up and liberate ourselves from what we thought we knew, the more we allow to see things in new ways and the more love we share, the more magical life becomes.
May we open our present with presence and let our future selves continue to experience life wholeheartedly.
May my honesty inspire yours and show you that there is nothing to fear. Everything is working out for the greatest good. ❤️
With lots of love for you and this world,