Time is a funny thing isn’t? We never seem to have enough of it but are completely in control of how we spend our time. I’m blessed and cursed at the same time because I have so many things I enjoy doing in this life and quite honestly there just isn’t enough time to do them all.
When I was in college I used to road bike all spring and summer. I loved getting on the bike and riding for hours, exploring new roads and getting in some sunshine and fresh air. I still have my bike and have been wanting to take it in to get tuned so I can start riding again. But part of me wondered if it would be worth it, when would I ride?!
Then there are the list of races that go on and on that I want to train for and run. The Marine Corp Marathon, the Nike Women’s Marathon, London and Berlin Marathons, and so many more. But committing to train for a marathon is just that, a commitment. And right now it seems like I don’t have the time to train with the dedication I’d like to put into my next marathon.
And yoga? Oh yoga. Luckily I teach every Tuesday and Thursday morning so I always seem to stay in touch with it and find my way to the mat. But teaching is certainly not the same as practicing and it’s certainly not helping me strengthen my practice and move into the challenge poses I hope to some day attain. And my home practice isn’t the same as getting to a studio and taking other teachers classes. Yesterday I realized I hadn’t made it to a studio to take a class since March 25th. Yes, you read that right. March 25th. It’s equal parts embarrassing and equal parts sad. How could I go so long without doing something I love so much?! And no wondering I’ve been wanting and needing to get to a class! Saturday morning I’ll be getting to the studio I can assure you.
By now your probably wondering when I do the things I enjoy that don’t involve exercise. You know, the things like reading and cooking? Yeah, I’ve been reading the same book since July. Yes, July. I read a page or two a day but I’m now determined to finish said book by this July.
The type A in me really wants to do ALL the things I love ALL the time and be really good at them but that is SO not realistic when I work full time in a demanding job, have a relationship, friends and family and a home that I’d like to keep clean.
I’ve learned I’m learning to be a B+ kind of person and actually enjoy all of the things in this life that I love so much and accept that I don’t need to be great at everything I do.
Lately my runs have been for the fun of it, because getting out and running feels good. It’s not about a race or a time or a specific workout. It’s about moving my body, de-stressing, feeling the wind in my hair and enjoying something I love so much. And maybe I haven’t been practicing yoga as much as I’d like but that’s ok. What I have been giving to yoga is enough because I’m happy and content with my yoga practice right now. And that bike? I think I am going to get it tuned up. If I ride once or twice this summer and enjoy it…then it was all worth it. That book? I’ve been disconnecting to sit and read each night before bed. It’s heavenly and it’s so nice…even if I read only 3 pages before falling asleep.
The funny thing about time and hobbies is that we always seem to get exactly what we need. Sometimes that is working more and playing less, focusing more on family and hobbies less or sometimes it’s just doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that to keep you happy and interested in all the things you love.