A little over two years ago I started getting serious about my health; about what I was eating, how I worked out and what supplements/vitamins I felt were important to take. I even hired a trainer to help me reach my goals. I was lifting weights regularly and running and felt better than I had in awhile. And just when I thought I had a handle on things, life threw a little curve ball.
It’s been two years and I’ve spent more time than I care to admit, lamenting where I am now. I blamed the diagnosis, the surgery, the treatment, the medication and all the things that have subsequently kept me cancer-free because they haven’t allowed me to get back to where I was.
To having cancer and not knowing yet? What exactly did I want to go back to? If I’m totally honest, I wanted to go back to that place where I believed I was the picture of health; that make-believe place where you feel like if you do all the right things somehow life is supposed to work in your favor. I’m not naive, I know this isn’t how it works, but who doesn’t hope that their expectations come to fruition?
Then March hit us all like, as Miley would say, a wrecking ball. Collectively, 2020 has been a challenging year and as we all emerged from lockdown we have found ourselves with difficult choices to make. Marriages have ended, jobs have been lost, dreams have been put on hold and lots of junk food, alcohol and Netflix have been consumed. It’s sad and understandable, but it’s left us asking ourselves, “what now?”
As G discussed last week, we can continue to complain and blame and pout about 2020, but what is your end game? What does surrendering look like to you? Are you going to quit? Are you going to just continue to pout in the corner? Are you going to keep collecting unemployment because you can? Are you going to put on another twenty pounds before 2021 rolls around?
I think we could all find reasons to sit back and wait this out. We could all wait for things to go back to “normal” before we make any bold moves and nobody would even blink at our decision. In fact, we’d be in good company.