[Originally published on August 8, 2014. Reblogged today because it’s awesome.]
“Everything is material.” This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given on how to sort through our memories, experiences, and especially our regrets. Today’s fitness meme comes from Twyla Tharp again – and her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life is just about required reading for me now, every day, as I work towards my new dreams.
Here’s why this thought really inspires me when it comes to fitness and health. Part of me is blissfully happy to be 42 years old and super-healthy for the first time in my adult life. And yet, part of me is sad for what I call “the lost years”: the times before I got healthy when I wished I could be different, but didn’t know how to navigate my way out of the box that says “I can’t.”
But when everything is material, we can look back and understand and have perspective on things. And we might just realize that we needed to go through what we went through to get to where we are today.
That’s not just about fitness. Sure, it’s incredibly cool that I can run faster today than I did when I was 21 years old. I love that. But if I allow myself to feel sad for the lost years, it can sometimes take my focus off “what’s next?” and bring me back to a time when things were harder. That can become a funk, and that can become a downward spiral. So instead, today I choose to say “Everything is raw material,” and build from there.
Happy Friday – see you next week.