It’s such an interesting question isn’t it?
Are you actually enjoying your life right now?
Do you enjoy the things that you eat?
Do you enjoy working out?
Do you enjoy your work?
Do you enjoy your relationship?
Do you live in the present moment a majority of the time and relish it?
I was sitting with a co-worker the other day and she goes ‘Michelle, what do you really want out of life?’ I have never REALLY thought about that before. I mean, I have thought about what career path I’ve wanted to explore, I thought about where I wanted to be (somewhat), but I’ve never really sat down and said…ok this is what I want to do. This is who I want to be!
Then it hit me..am I enjoying life? Am I living in the present moment?
I have written about this in previous blogs, but I think it’s something which I have to constantly remind myself to indulge in. I was raised in a world that is constantly thinking about the ‘next step’. What uni are you going to? Save for a house. Make sure to plan your meals so you can eat healthy. Make sure to pack everything so you don’t forget ANYTHING. Make sure you’re safe at all times.
When did I ever grow up with a teacher/parent/family member/friend stressing over all of the above ingrained mantras ENJOY THE MOMENT? Well, not much. In fact not much, because I can’t honestly remember a time when I did have that..maybe my dad after her realised that he has wasted a good portion of his life…interesting.
Do we only begin to enjoy life when things are taken away? When death stares us in the face? When something traumatic happens?
This revolves, for me around eating and exercise…mainly. I actually sat down last night and enjoyed my food. Twenty five years later and I am enjoying my food. It took me twenty five years to actually enjoy an apple, not just plow through eating it for the sake of eating..because of the time/obligation/hunger.
So, my new focus this week, and I’ll check-in..promise 🙂 Is to enjoy working out. Enjoy the apple/dinner/brocoli that I eat. Enjoy the fact that I will not be perfect at the Samba class I am taking. Enjoy the hugs, kisses, laughs, simple moments in life. I may walk around with a smirk on my face, but I don’t care..call me crazy..but you have to smile at and with life.