The trail might be right in front of us, but it still takes getting started down it.
Getting back at it. It’s hard, not super fun…and at times it’s downright demoralizing.
A couple of days ago I was on a walk/hike/jog in the park. It was my firm intention to go for a jog, but it’s been a minute since I’ve had any regular cardio in my life. Covid hit me and my household, then there were a couple of recovery weeks post-Covid where I was minimizing my extra activity, and then summer and its loveliness and busyness and lack of routine happened…and now here we are. And, as I moved through the woods a few days ago, I could feel that lack of cardio, my heart and my lungs could feel that lack of cardio. So I walked, I hiked, I did a little bit of jogging and went back to walking. Back and forth, back and forth, in all honesty, significantly more walking than jogging, but movement all the same..
Let’s be honest, it was a little demoralizing. Getting back at it frequently is, right? Getting back to a space in life that formerly felt easy can be demoralizing. It can be really easy to, instead of cheering ourselves on for getting back, to instead let our minds and bodies move into a space of annoyance and judgment.
But, my friends, what if we really allowed ourselves to work at getting back to that space that might have formerly felt easy without annoyance, without judgment. What if we simply allowed ourselves to get back into habits without looking down on ourselves for falling out of those habits?
I hope, this week, we can cheer ourselves on just a little more. I hope we can celebrate ourselves and the ways we’re getting back, instead of casting judgment on ourselves for the way things used to be.
I hope you have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!