Lately I’ve been dealing with the feeling of quitting. Due to health circumstances that impact every aspect of my life, I’ve had to change my mindset, and will be changing my lifestyle even further than it’s been changed in previous years.
I was raised with the mantra, “Listen to your body.” It’s my dad’s repetition that causes me to be so sure of my gut reactions. I don’t take them lightly, and I work hard to make decisions that are best for me, not easiest. I am highly aware that life takes work of all different kinds. I’ve seen many quotes circulating on social media as of late, that all boils down to the same sentiment, if you want to accomplish anything, you have to put in the work. It makes perfect sense; my issue is the application of said work.
It is incredibly easy to fall into the mindset that the only work worth doing, is the kind that leads to professional accomplishments or acknowledgement. I’ll admit I fall into that mindset constantly. Anything that isn’t valued by society becomes hard to classify as worthy of work and therefore falls by the wayside. What has become abundantly clear to me this week is that you should work hard on things that are personally worth it. Currently for me, that’s my health. I will work my absolute hardest to get better. I will attack my new diet and supplement regimen with a vengeance, pouring my all into being healthy again.
I will not, however, force myself into unhealthy situations of hard work. Working for the sake of societal and cultural approval in aspects that don’t have value for me right now or in some cases, will hinder my other priorities from being accomplished. It’s okay to not force yourself into situations just because you think that it’s expected. Just because you don’t strive for an academic or professional achievement, doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard. And taking yourself out of an arena that’s going to conflict with you accomplishing your goal, Does Not Make You A Quitter. That last sentence is more a reminder to myself, but I’ve learned that if I need to hear it, someone else probably does too. Be kind, especially to yourself. Spread love.