Sit down and write. Get up and run. Those are the only things I have to do each morning before I start the rest of my day. If I do those two things, it doesn’t matter how that rest-of-my-day goes. I did what I promised myself I’d do, and there’s a very good chance I’ll do it again tomorrow.
This is the only thing that works for me. Every other method I’ve attempted to use to move forward has either left me standing still or falling behind. Nothing gets written. My middle expands. My body, brain, and mood slowly atrophy. It gets harder to get up, get back, and get on with it.
That’s a painful place to be. It hurts like your spirit has a migraine. An even greater danger is the possibility of going numb, forgetting what it feels like to feel anything at all. I’ve been there. It’s the ever loving pits.
Writing and running are two things that keep such ailments at bay. How? I’m not really sure. I only know that I have never felt an ounce of regret for doing either of them.
What are your no regret activities? Painting? yoga? practicing your scales, listening to music without thinking of anything else, caring for animals, tending a garden, hugging loved ones, paying sincere compliments, doing favors for those who are truly in need of some?
When was the last time you did them? If it’s been a while, how can you get back in the swing of things? Could you start small? Could you make it a part of your routine? Is it really that much harder to fit into your day than brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or stopping to grab something to eat?
When is the best time? When you first get up? Right before you go to bed? Smack dab in the middle of your day so you can take time to breathe, relax, and refocus? Only you can answer that. Will you?
I believe in this. I also believe you deserve this, not because you’re better than anyone else, but because you’re so very much like everyone else. Because you’re human. It’s okay to be human. It’s okay to not be a superhero who never gets tired and never has needs. It’s okay to take time each day and do something that nourishes you.
Sometimes people need to be reminded of that. I know I do. I’m assuming you do, too, so today I sat down and I wrote this. Now I’m going to get up and run.