Like everyone else, I have New Year’s Resolutions. I need to start reading more academic books again. I truly enjoy them, and it won’t cost anything to check a book out of the library. I don’t have an excuse why I haven’t been, but I’m not doing fantastically. I also need to work on my Latin. If I want to get back to grad school, I’m going to have to get that back in shape. If I am going to be finished translating the first chapter of Harrius Potter by February 15, 2015- I’m going to have to spend at least 3 hours a week on it. Please feel free to ask me how I’m doing on these goals.
One area, pretty much the only area, of my life that I feel like I am being productive and on track is my fitness. (I will admit that this particular resolution started far back in October.) I have been running a minimum of three days at lunch, but hopefully will be up to four to five days a week now that it is the New Year. I am paying for that gym pass, may as well use it, right? I’m also doing yoga every day- only twenty to thirty minutes, but every day. I like to use Erica Vetra’s sequences on youtube- Star Wars yoga, anyone? I like her teaching style specifically because she explains a range of levels within one pose. I have a tendency to consider something failure if I haven’t “completed it 100%”- it’s finally sinking into my head that yoga isn’t “completed”. I have learned how to breath through pain and tightness, and to pay attention to all muscle groups in my body. I have actually started to see improvement- I danced for most of my life, stopped for a few years, and lost all of my flexibility. It is starting to come back. And the final improvement that yoga has made? My head. Work is quite often hectic, and everything stays in my head. I can’t turn it off, therefore I can spend all of my time worrying. Yoga has allowed me to calm my mind, not completely, but certainly quieter than before.
I realise that to runners or yogis, I have not really done much of anything. But to me, I’m making headway. And finally realising that is part of the victory.
Let me know what your resolutions are!