I postponed my run yesterday. I should tell you that doesn’t happen very often, especially when I’m training. But it was necessary. I was tired – mentally and physically. Work had been particularly difficult and I found myself not feeling great – not like I was sick but like my body was fighting something – maybe just my mentality in a semi-physical form.
I came home, ate lunch and took a nap. My plan was that this is where I would run. I was going to drag myself out of bed, put on my cold weather running gear and head out the door. I got up, took a sip of water and got back in bed, dosing for another 15-20 minutes. This is when my plans changed.
I got to thinking about how I could adjust my training for the week. Move this, change that, adjust that. Yeah, I can do that. Yeah another rest day sounds good. In fact, it sounds perfect. Maybe I’ll do some light yoga and foam rolling this evening. Yeah, I can do that.
So I went downstairs, made myself another cup of coffee and a snack, climbed back into bed and read my book. I swear I couldn’t have asked for anything more. This was just what the doctor ordered.
I have to tell you that I can’t recommend that book enough. It’s called The Defining Decade by Meg Jay and I could hardly put it down. For a non-fiction book, that’s a pretty big feat for me. For any book that isn’t Harry Potter, that’s a pretty big feat for me.
The book challenged me, made me think and made me feel! How cheesy does that sound? But seriously, our 20s are this crazy time and I found myself able to relate to so many of the stories Meg told about her past clients, particularly the ones related to work as I find myself in this job that isn’t serving me or what I want for my future.
The thing is, I don’t have to figure it all out today. I don’t have to have all the answers. And I don’t have to know the final sentence to the story that is my life.
What I do need to do is start thinking about what I want and how to get myself there. Start putting in the work and the effort to set myself up for my future. I want so much out of my life and isn’t going to happen while I’m dragging my feet and wasting my time.
I’m better when I’m at my busiest, I know this so maybe that means I need to plan out my time better, utilize my time better, and make the most of my time. I don’t want to wait until 30 to get my life together, I want to get it together now so that way I know I’m living it!
Would you check out the book please? I mean, seriously!
OK, I’m going to see if I can put that book on my hold list at the library!
“The thing is, I don’t have to figure it all out today. I don’t have to have all the answers. And I don’t have to know the final sentence to the story that is my life. What I do need to do is start thinking about what I want and how to get myself there. Start putting in the work and the effort to set myself up for my future. ”
That is exactly what I needed to hear.
I def need to check out that book!! I think it would resonate with me. Aren’t unplanned rest days the BEST sometimes???
Good for you for listening to your body and taking a rest day!
The book sounds interesting. When I was in my 20’s, I picked up a book called, “The Quarterlife Crisis”. It was really good, and just what I needed to read at that moment in time.
Just recently, I bought “The Happiness Project”. I’ve barely started it, but I have a feeling it’s going to be another winner. 🙂
I feel like I’ve heard of it, unless that’s just me constantly saying I’m living mine. 😉 But I too just picked up The Happiness Project and I’m starting it TODAY! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to read “The Happiness Project.” I’m afraid “The Defining Decade” would be wasted on me, since I’m in my 40s.