Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Posted by 5 June, 2008

Basically, I need to find balance in my life. I was on the swing at the park swinging as high as I could without a care in the world. I didn’t want to come down from the swing. It was nice to remember my 8 year old self and how I didn’t have anything to worry about.

I’m a naturally serious, competitive person. It took my childhood for me to lighten up and not turn everything into a competition. As a child at a roller skating party, circa 1985, I would ensure that I not only won all of the contests during the rolling skating party, but that I went around the rink more times and faster than everyone else.

Fast forwarding to today, I keep a pretty full plate. I tend to get so wrapped up in various goals and achieving them as quickly as possible that I tend to forget I need to need to actually enjoy life… because you never know how long you have.

There are a few steps I am taking to ensure that I enjoy myself. I’ve begun running on a regular basis (yeah endorphins!). I’ve always run, biked and have been playing soccer since age 4. However, I haven’t played soccer in 2 years and I have not been very consistent with running or biking. Another step I’m taking to ensure I enjoy myself is that I’m making time to hang out with old friends and I’m trying to make new friends.

My wife and I have begun entering 5K races. There are a few reasons for us entering races, but mainly we want to be consistent in our running. Our biggest problem in life is that we are inconsistent and tend to not keep up with activities – leisure or otherwise. If we enter into races and pay the entry fees a month ahead of time, we feel we will be “forced” to follow through. It also encourages us to jog a few times a week so that we run each race in a respectable time. In between running I’ve been biking in order to give my joints a rest, but still get some exercise in. For my wife and I, running is a way for us to stay in shape as well as make time to take care of ourselves and realize we need to take time out for us.

I’ve also recently started playing soccer again. I’ve been kicking the soccer ball around the park lately and have realized how much I miss it. Being proactive, I joined a team and our first game was last night. In the past, I would have easily given my present performance on the field a big thumbs down, but I’m trying to be easier on myself and enjoy everything instead of taking myself so seriously that activities ceases to be fun. My team lost, but I was able to cut myself a break and concede that my performance was okay considering I haven’t played in two years. Oh, and did I mention I scored a goal?

Soccer is a great way for me to relieve stress, but I hope it leads to friendships. Slowly but surely I’m trying to make new friends. Over the past few years, I’ve had friends that I’ve had since childhood go their separate ways. I think it was more a matter of growing apart than anything else. Right now I look forward to meeting people with similar interests. I recently met a fellow throughLinkedin (a professional networking website). He is involved in an MLM company and he had contacted me to see if I was interested in joining his group. I spoke with him over the phone and eventually met him at Starbucks. While I did not join his organization, he earned my respect after my speaking with him. We both have a similar passion for bettering our situations and being financially free.

While these are all small strides I am taking, I think it’s important to acknowledge that I need balance on my life. I also would like to note that while financial goals and aspirations are important, if you don’t take of yourself they are all for not.


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