“If she’s amazing she won’t be easy. If she’s easy she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it you won’t give up. If you give up you’re not worthy. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you’ve just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” ~Bob Marley
To say that this week has been crazy would be an understatement. I haven’t been running since Tuesday. My foot is killing me and I am trying to rest it as much as possible and try it out again Monday morning and see how it feels. But, you know what? I think this is one of the best things to happen to me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually like being injured or the shooting pains in my foot. But I knew that running was giving me some sort of endorphin-filled high. Which made me want to run…a lot. I probably have even been running too much, hence the pain in my foot. I was worried that if I stopped running that my happiness would begin to disappear and that running was the only thing making me happy.
But it wasn’t. I’m still happy even though I haven’t run or even worked out in the last three days. My good mood seems here to stay, at least for a little while. I’m starting to learn things little by little and that seems to be helping me change my outlook and perspective and keep me happier.
I’m learning that it’s OK to take a break if I need it. I’m at the place where I know that a small break does not mean I have quit or give up.
I’m learning that it’s OK to stress about things…as long as you don’t let the stress over take you. I’m letting myself feel the full weight of a situation for five minutes, handling it, and then moving on. Worrying doesn’t help anything or change the situation, so why bother.
I’m learning that I know what’s best for me. I love that I have a support system of friends and family who are there for me and want to help. And I listen to their advice because they love me and want me to be the best person I can. But in the end, my decisions are my decisions and while they may not understand why I’m making one, they don’t have to.
I’m learning that friends may be people who tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it, but they also will never intentionally try to pull you down. They won’t base their happiness and worth on your down fall. Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle and all that…
I’m learning that not all bad decisions are “bad decisions”. Decisions are choices, plain and simple, and what defines them as bad is how you see the outcome. As long as you can live with the consequence of the decision you are making, and as long as it doesn’t intentionally hurt anyone, is it really a bad decision?
I’m learning it’s OK to be a little weird. And to accept my weirdness and revel in it. That one thing you think is weird, might be the one thing someone else falls in love with.
I’m learning that it’s OK to feel any emotion I am feeling. Hurt, happiness, betrayal, love, sadness, longing, anger, giddy…there is a reason for each and every one of them.
I’m also learning that while it’s OK to feel any emotion you want, you need to be careful who you are sharing them with. Don’t share them with people who will be reckless with them or judge. While it’s OK to feel every emotion, not everything needs to be shared.
I’m learning that it’s OK to keep things to myself. To keep me to myself. Self-preservation is sometimes all we have.
And finally, I’m learning that sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.