Anyway, I was prowling the aisles in my favorite bookstore on Thursday afternoon when I came across the following quote from Anaïs Nin:
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
The quote struck me like a lightning, squarely between my eyes (excuse me if I’m abusing English here). Opening the bud is what I have been trying to do in the last six months both in my personal and professional life.
I had to consciously decide I’m going to proceed with my life no matter what. I didn’t stop to ask myself (anymore) whether I can do it or if I’m willing to do what it takes.
It wasn’t the only thing that “struck” me in that bookstore. :-)
Next, I came across an illustration pretty much like the one below.
I hate facing my fears and anxieties, but I will face them, because the only way to get what I want in life is to force myself into that scary forest. There is no other way to get what I want.
What does blossoming have to do with physical fitness? A whole lot I think!
Every time I vision my future self, I see this strong, vibrant and confident woman. There is no way I can be both physically namby-bamby and the woman of my vision.
So far I’ve been very slow and careful about trying to be get fit and it’s been ok, mostly because the last few years have been hard for me and I had very limited mental energy available. But now I think I will have the time, motivation and energy to uplevel my physical fitness.
And BTW: I’m not talking about weight loss here. If I lose weight faster than right now, it’s fine, but that is not my goal.
The next stage I want to see in my fitness journey is take-off.