Day 15 Of My 90 Day Writing Challenge
Well it’s been a couple weeks since my last post and I gotta say it’s been tough to get back on the wagon.
The longer period of time that goes by between my writing, the harder it gets to start again.
I’m sure that’s the case with many people when they start something new, something challenging, uncomfortable.
It’s important to be consistent and to keep “putting in the reps” as James Clear and so many others have said.
But, with that being said, it’s also important to give ourselves a break once in a while because shit just happens. And when shit happens, sometimes you gotta just take it easy on yourself and release the pressure of putting in the reps.
A couple of weeks ago I got the flu and it kicked my ass for about 10 days. I never had the flu before and I will say that it was definitely NOT fun.
Being a holistic health geek, I hit that flu with everything I could – high dose Vitamin C, lots of Ginger and Green Tea, Raw Honey, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Zinc lozenges and of course very nutrient dense foods.
But man alive, every time I thought I had it licked it just came back at me even harder.
So keeping up with my 90 day writing challenge was NOT in the cards for me.
I was pretty pissed off about it all. I just started a new job 7 days before I started feeling sick and despite my desire to come in and start kicking some ass, my body just wouldn’t let that happen.
But after a few days, I realized that this was yet again, there was a lesson here I needed to learn.
I believe that the struggles in life, no matter how big or small, are there to teach us a lesson. I can say that the most significant growth and changes in my life have come about as a result of hard times.
So whenever life kicks my ass in some way shape or form, I try to see what lesson is that I need to learn.
What I learned from the flu is that sometimes you just have to rest. You have to keep well hydrated, eat good food etc. but the rest man, rest is the key.
The more I “didn’t rest, the worse I felt. The more I rested, the better I felt.
I don’t consider myself a Type A person, the kind of person who is always pushing and striving to achieve.
But having the flu made me realize I have a really hard time allowing myself to not do something productive.
Like, even when I was trying to rest, I was thinking about what I “should” be doing instead.
I wanted to at least do some things on the computer, like updating our finance spreadsheet that I use to keep track of money or doing something mindless like cleaning up one of my multiple email accounts that have thousands of unread emails.
But even tasks as simple as that, that didn’t even require physical effort, were exhausting. I realized the only thing I “should” do is rest. Lay down, close my eyes and rest.
And that was super hard. I didn’t like it. Felt like I was wasting precious time.
Plus, resting is not always an option when you have to take care of 2 young kids and an aging dog with a weak bladder.
But I think if I had let myself rest more, I would have gotten better faster.
So, who knows maybe I screwed up and didn’t really learn the lesson. But I think the real lesson there was to not forget to take care of myself by letting myself rest. To be totally unproductive for a little while and let my body recuperate.
So here’s the (hopefully) helpful tip in this post – give yourself some time to rest. Time to do nothing. Time to NOT be productive.
It’s all gonna be ok. Your world won’t fall apart. It’s not a waste of precious time – if you are truly relaxing and allowing yourself to recharge.
You need to be “charged” to be your best at whatever you are doing – working, parenting etc.
So give yourself a dang (yep I said dang) break and take some time to just friggin rest.
Then once your re-charged…get your ass back up on that horse and get back to doin shit!
The flu kicked my ass, it knocked me down. I admit it…Mr. Flu, you are one bad ass motha f*cker! You whooped me good and screwed up my world for a couple weeks.
And it’s been hard to get back to doing all the “extra” stuff outside of work and family obligations – like continuing on my self-imposed 90 Day Writing Challenge.
But the longer I wait, the harder it gets. So here I am. This post may suck, but I’m back on the horse.
So when life kicks your ass a bit. Give yourself some time to re-charge. Then get back after it. Don’t let it keep ya down!
I heard Arnold, you know “THE” Arnold (The Terminator, The Governator) say on the Tim Ferris podcast – successful people fail a lot. But they learn from their failures and they get back up and keep going.