I’m scared to death. I rarely put myself “out there.” Putting myself into this vulnerable position means that I’ll have to worry about other’s expectations and judgements. It means dwelling on thoughts, such as:
I don’t want to let others down.
I don’t want to let myself down.
I don’t want to be embarrassed.
I don’t want to be viewed as a failure.
This is the wrong way to approach things. Because I will fail, I will be embarrassed, and some people will view me as a failure – and that is ok. I’m not putting myself “out there” for them, but for myself. As long as I keep getting back up and moving forward, I will be able to look myself in the mirror – with pride.
What prompted me to post a shirtless picture, for all the world to see? Well, for the past year, I have been trying to adopt of lifestyle of minimalism. Through this journey, I’ve found that I don’t necessarily want to live a life of minimalism as much as I want to live a life of intentionality.
A lifestyle based on intention, is a life based on values. Personally, my values consist of faith, family, health, financial independence, and being a positive, outward influence. I’ll write about these other values in later posts. This post is dedicated to my health, and how it needs to be better.
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, especially when weight loss is concerned, “before” and “after” pictures make me laugh. One side of the photo consists of a frowned face, rolled shoulders, and the pertruding gut. The other side of the picture offers us a huge smile, shoulders back, chest out, and a gut, firmly tucked back into its place. Good for them! They deserve to be proud of their success. However, what most of us don’t notice, and don’t appreciate enough, is that thin, vertical line that separates the “before” and the “after.” That vertical line represents the 5 am alarm, hours at the gym, miles on the pavement, or laps in the pool. The line represents saying “no” to Taco Tuesday, happy hours, and BOGO Breyers Ice Cream from Publix. That small, vertical line represents tears cried, failures, and disappointments. But, most of all, that vertical line represents a refusal to compromise.