Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Live Actively!

Last night I was in another inspirational/motivational mood so I jotted down some thoughts that I'm now compiling and adding to for this post!

We all have choices that we can make in our lives. True, many things are out of our control, but usually our time management and actions are things that we have a say in. So why not choose to be healthy? Choose to make your physical and emotional well-being a priority in your life. There is a great amount of strength and confidence that comes from choosing to be in charge of yourself. When you live a healthy lifestyle, life opens up for you. This may be shown in actual opportunities to interact with those around you in different ways, or it may just be that your view of the world around you shifts for the better. Either way, your life will change for the better. You will feel more confident and happier and more in control of your life.

It's not easy to be healthy and fit. No one that really knows what they're talking about, or who has a good understanding of the basic principles that go into being healthy and fit ever said it was. You have to be willing to work for it, to sacrifice for it. It's hard, but trust me, you will feel so much better really living and making conscious, healthy choices than you will letting life just happen while you passively continue choosing the same things you always have. Just do it! Choose to live actively! I say live actively partly in the context of physical exercise, which is definitely essential. More than exercising, however, I consider living actively to mean really engaging yourself in your life, making yourself and your well-being a priority, and making conscious choices in favor of your health. I tell my piano students to "practice actively," really putting their mind into their playing, rather than mindlessly plunking out notes. This applies to normal life, too. One conscious choice to improve an aspect of your life will lead to another, and another, and the effects will snowball. Once you feel the satisfaction of one benefit, you'll want more.

If you're reading this and have already made the choice to be healthier and have acted on it, that is wonderful! Do not give up! Ever! I don't mean that you shouldn't ever eat junk food, or skip a workout in favor of sleeping in. It's healthy for you to relax and let loose once in a while. Use moderation in all things, and you're good to go. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter so much if you're at the top or the bottom of the staircase; what really matters is what direction you're facing.

If you only take one thing away from this post, remember to choose to live actively and mindfully and engage yourself in your life. Choose to live up to your full potential and make your health a priority.

1 comment:

  1. Tessa,
    I love your post! That is a great thought about choosing to be in charge of yourself--something we can all benefit from. Keep up your healthy posts!