I've been blogging here since 2008, and – if I do say so myself – there's some good stuff in my archive that you might...Read More
Friday Flashback: Convictions And Goals And Knowing Oneself
I’ve been blogging here since 2008, and – if I do say so myself – there’s some good stuff in my archive that you might have missed. On Fridays, I’m going to take you on a Friday Flashback and point you to some good stuff from the checkered past of The Clothes Make The Girl.
Convictions And Goals And Knowing Oneself
Originally posted on January 12, 2009, this post explores my definition of the difference between “fun” and “happy.” It’s a theme that comes up a lot around our house because I’m forever trying to balance my innate desire to “have fun” – which can take the form of eating popcorn, staying up late, watching back-to-back episodes of “Fringe,” or breaking out the frozen vodka – versus things that I know will make me truly happy, like doing yoga, sticking to my strength training plan, eating clean (and yummy) food, getting at least eight hours of sleep, and reading great books.
I’m glad to report that since I wrote this post, the tension between the two extremes has eased a bit. I rarely feel as conflicted as I seem in my 2009 post. Pursuing the happiness path feels more natural than it did then and is a far lighter burden than it was. Look at that! It only took two years (and a lifetime) to change my perspective. If you’re just starting on some new habits, do not despair – it really does get easier if you can ride out the discomfort.
Here’s a snippet from my 2009 post:
I’m clinging to the idea of the hard routine with my fingernails today, people. The temptation to have fun is battling my desire to be happy. I know I’d rather be happy, but that doesn’t make the decisions any easier.
I’m missing our Karaoke Apocalypse show and band photo shoot at the Beauty Bar tonight so I can get a good night’s sleep and wake up early to do my workouts (in the cold and dark, I might add [in a petulant tone].)
But as a wise CrossFitter once said, “There is value in not getting everything you want.”