Life is crazy: crazy-stressful, crazy-frustrating, crazy-difficult, crazy-exhausting, crazy-unpredictable. Maintaining your sanity is tough enough. Now that I’m in a different stage of life, I truly see just how real the struggle of day to day adult life can be. My love for health and fitness – and refusal to give up on nurturing both of those interests – adds another element of difficulty to the mix.
Going to the gym, making meals and eating right in college is easy. Even if you work or play sports and have a heavy class load, it’s phenomenally easier to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle when you’re in school. Once you work a 9-5, you realize just how precious and sacred a lazy Wednesday morning or Thursday afternoon are. Once you get in a ryhtm of wake up, work, come home, sleep & repeat, it’s tough to figure out where exercise and meal prepping fit in.
But here’s the brutal, honest truth: YOU HAVE TO DO IT.
If it’s important to you, you will figure out a way to make it happen. Whether you wake up at 5 a.m. to workout before work, or stash shoes & clothes in your car to go on a run afterwards, it’s critical to keep exercise in your life – if it’s important to you. Personally, being healthy and fit and capable is a major part of my outlook, personality, and sense of self. And when work is busy and stressful, it’s really hard to make the time for it. I’m mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. The last thing I want to do is lace up my shoes & go for a run. But I find that if I don’t, I feel even worse. And when I do, I somehow feel significantly better.
My revenge on life’s ups and downs and stressors is my own happiness. Yes, things might be rough – but I can carve out an hour today to empty my mind and soothe my soul. That is something only I can control – and my health is something no person, place, or job will ever be able to take away.