I like choices.
The big, conversation-starting ones like the right to choose who we marry, if we decide to carry babies, how we parent said babies, and so on.
But I’m also a fan of the smaller, everyday choices that we make. For example, should I have oatmeal or a maple bar for breakfast?
If you think about it, just about every single minute of our waking hours has something to do with making choices.
And the other day, I woke up and made a choice. Just like that. Many of you know about this goal I set for myself a few months ago. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, but one that I know I can achieve if I set my mind to it.
But it recently hit me: do I really WANT this goal? Is the satisfaction of completing it worth the physical ailments, the daily guilt I feel when I don’t run and the daily burden I feel when there are scheduled miles hanging over my head like a nagging cloud that throws me disapproving glances and whispers about me behind my back?
Right now, at this point in my life, I’m making the choice that this is not what I want.
But Melisa, you’ve already told the entire world (or at least all 3 of your followers) that you’re doing this! What will they think of you now?! Gasp!
Well, I hope they’ll think, “Hey, there’s a human being, just going about her day being a human. Living an imperfect, sometimes messy, always earnest life just like me!”
And here’s where it comes full circle: you have a choice to make, too! You can choose to stick with me and all of my future non-running antics OR you can say “to hell with this procrastinating loser” and move along. No hard feelings – it was great to have you.
Of course, I sure hope you choose to stick around. I can’t guarantee you’ll hear much about running, but you will hear plenty about daily choices I make. And I promise you that some of them will be imperfect, sometimes messy, and hopefully entertaining. You know, for YOUR benefit. I am here for YOU.
Have you had to make any tough choices lately? I’d love to hear from you!