I like to do a little of a lot of things, and I like to dream. My future includes plans of living all over the world, owning my own vineyard, being a surfer, and public speaking on body image and food relationships. In short, I want to make an impact. I want my voice to be heard, and I want it to matter. There are weeks however when I feel futile, stuck, and like I’m moving nowhere towards anywhere.
Impact starts small. It is a daily endeavor, and it most certainly isn’t instantaneously gratifying the way we expect life to be in America. It’s natural to feel frustrated at times with where you are — whether you are being impatient with weight loss, impatient with yourself, or antsy towards the “next step” in your life. The unnatural, but necessary, remedy to this frustration and impatience is found in one simple choice, a choice to be where you are.
Be where you are today. Yes, dream big and plan big, but don’t allow yourself to get so burdened by the greatness of the future that lies ahead of you that you are blind to the greatness of the moment and day at hand. The grass is green on the side of the fence that you are already on, and it will be green for you in the future as well, so let us stop dwelling so much on the future so that we can stop missing out on the present. There is timing to life that we don’t and can’t understand, so let us stop wasting our energy to try to explain time and let us simply be where we are.