Paying for a chiropractor was one of the best things that I have ever done for myself! I was having the worst pain on the right side of my neck along my right shoulder. It got hard for me to even move my head from side to side. I was also have a shooting pain from my right hip down to the back of my right knee anytime I drove for longer than 2 hours. It got so bad that I would cry in my car anytime I had to drive long distances.
A friend of mine had been suggesting that I go and see a chiropractor for the longest time. I keep putting it off because getting my bones cracked didn't seem like something that I wanted to pay to get done to me. I don't even like cracking my knuckles. I finally went because if you are in enough pain you will try anything. Also I found out that my insurance covered most of the cost so that was a good selling point.
I have been going for almost a year now and I never regret having to go. It has helped me so much not only physically, but I have also gained so much knowledge about my body and how to care for it. Anyone at any age and any physical capability can benefit from seeing a chiropractor.
There is something so powerful in taking control of your health and being actively involved in the care of yourself. Best. Decision. Ever.
I am currently reading a book called Stop Doing Things you Hate by Issac Moorehouse. I am not sure how I heard about this book, but I am sure that it was from of the several podcasts that I enjoy listening to. Hearing about it caught my attention because we all have things we hate and this author made a comment that you may not be able to 100% get away from something you hate, but you can try to lessen it. For example, you may hate having to go to work, so how about finding a job that you hate a little less than the one that you have currently now. An example of this would be finding a similar job where you make more money or even finding a similar job that is closer to home so you have to spend less time in traffic. Or think about it another way. You may hate your job, but being broke would suck more and that may give you the drive that you need to continue to show up everyday and do your job.
It is easier to complain. That way you don't actually have to do the work to change. The rewards come from actually doing something about your situation. If you hate something find a way to stop doing it. It you cant, find a way to hate it less or accept that the alternative is worse that your current situation. Either way, we have more of a choice than we like to think that we do.
People always talk about the fact that we only live once. YOLO!! People use this to give themselves the excuse to spend money they don't have, to not take care of their health, and not think about the future. If this weather today and yesterday in Chicago has taught me anything, it that the quality of your life matters. Yeah you could die at any moment, but most likely you won't. You will live to a very ripe old age and sooner or later all of those "YOLO" moments will catch up to you. Ask anyone who has a chronic health issue about living their life in pain or discomfort, especially if it was caused by their own habits.
So how did this hot ass Chicago weather lead me to this thought? I was so hot and uncomfortable today that all I could do was think about cooling myself off. It was tough to think, it was uncomfortable to move around and to hug my son, it was hard to even get out of bed because all I wanted to do was sleep. This is not a quality way to live and definitely not a quality life.
I have decided that for the next 90 days I am going to post something here daily. I realize that I want to stretch myself and grow this talent that I have for writing, but in order to do that I need to push myself beyond what I am used to. These may not be long entries and who knows what thoughts will come up for me each day, but the goal is to show up and get something on paper (or in this case online). So it begins....Day 1
My To-Do list is always at least 10 items long. Some of the items are short term ("make a grocery list") and some are more long term ("pay off two student loans by the end of the year"). No matter how many times I cross something off there is always another duty, choice, or goal to replace it. Isn't that what we are told life is? One endless to-do list. Being busy is the goal and doing nothing is a deadly sin (sloth anyone?).
Every. Single. Day. Work, look busy, strive for more, don't just sit there, achieve, earn, move, faster, more, sleep when you're dead. We are supposed to do this every day of our lives until we retire and we are too old, tired and sick to do all of the things that we thought we wanted to do.
Here's a thought. Why do I always have to be doing? Why do I always have to have my day planned from sunrise to sunset? Why can't I do nothing? I tried it once. Doing nothing. The guilt I felt was palpable. Wasn't there something better that I could be doing? Why was I just wasting a day when I "should" be being productive with my time? Instead of actually getting the sleep that I need I should be sending another email. Instead of joyfully receiving the affection of a very handsome man, I should be writing my next great novel. I am sure that I could squeeze in 30 minutes of working out, while cooking dinner, helping my son with his homework, reading another great book, watching a movie, and curing cancer. Isn't being a multitasker a good thing? I was sold the idea that we should always be doing something and when I am not I feel guilty. So much so that I have to remind myself of the productive things that I did that day so it wasn't a complete waste of time ("At least updated my blog").
When do we get to just enjoy time as it is now? When do we get to just enjoy being in the present? When do we get to live how children live in such a current state a bliss that they don't even have time to think about trivial things like eating?
I plan to send more time enjoying doing nothing. I want to spend more time being in the present and living my time less structured. I want to be so blissfully happy that I want to forget to eat and then come home and take a nap.
Do you ever feel the joy of doing nothing?