Learning to Swim

I sat down to my computer today and realized that it has been a little while since I’ve made a post on here, so I thought I should at least try to write something even though my brain is virtually fried from the wonderful thing that is midterm exams. It’s crazy to think that it is already that time of the semester again, so if you know any college students and they seem to be running on auto pilot right about now, that is probably why. I am also currently recovering from pneumonia right now, so I’m feeling the joy of midterms twice as much as normal this semester.

You’re probably wondering why in the world I am writing a blog post about midterms and feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I promise I have a point here. Whether you’re a college student, working full-time, a stay-at-home mom, or whatever it is you do, I’m sure you know full well the feeling of being overwhelmed with the demands of a busy schedule. Sometimes I think we have no one to blame the chaos on but ourselves, and I know I have a tendency to create an overloaded schedule. Going to school full-time, working a part-time job, spending time with family and friends, trying to find a single moment to myself, and a whole slew of other things I have to do are constantly pressing in on my hectic day-to-day schedule. In the midst of all of it, it can be all too easy to throw the healthy diet and exercise out the window, especially when I don’t feel good. We all do it, don’t we? We fall to convenience, and taking time out of a busy day to make a healthy meal and squeeze in a workout is not always the most convenient way to keep our schedule in line.

Well guess what? I don’t want to live my life conveniently. Living a life of convenience was exactly what I was doing before I realized it was leading to nothing but a life of being overweight and miserable. Yes, losing weight is hard. Counting calories and learning to eat healthier is hard. Working out is hard. But you know what? Being overweight is harder. I don’t want to live like this for the rest of my life, and I made a decision to make sure that doesn’t happen. I know that there are going to be times where I mess up, and that’s okay. The key is to not let those times I mess up make me claim defeat and give up entirely. There’s a quote that I’ve heard that I have found very helpful during the moments I know I messed up:

“You don’t drown by falling into the water; you drown by staying there.”

– Edwin Louis Cole

Maybe you are trying to lose weight, or maybe it is something else. Maybe you want to get better grades, work towards that promotion at work, stop smoking, something you are working towards to become a better person. Whatever it is, we are all going to fall in the water. We’re human, that’s what we do. But we don’t have to stay there. All we have to do is start swimming.

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