A little while ago a writer friend on Twitter called me out. He posted a short, quick note on my feed asking me why I get up in the morning. “What is your why?”, he asked.
Well, heck, there’s no way I could answer that in 140 characters.
I’ve been thinking about his question a lot lately. On the surface, it’s easy to say that I need to earn a living, and lots of people count on me to meet deadlines. My dogs need me to feed them. The hubby appreciates me. And of course, the laundry needs to be done.
Then I dug a little deeper. What really fuels me and keeps me going?
I think I have an almost insatiable desire to keep learning and trying things. For people who know me personally, I’m always doing something. I don’t think the words “I’m bored.” or “I’m not doing anything so…” have ever come out of my mouth.
I’m trying to learn more about yoga.
I’m trying to make healthier food choices.
I’m trying to pitch new writing clients.
I’m trying to de-clutter and minimize stuff in my house.
I’m trying to spend more time with my aging dogs.
I’m trying to grow a garden.
I’m trying to build a successful business.
I’m always moving forward, and more recently, learning how to stop and absorb individual moments more fully. I’m realizing yoga is much more than physical exercise. Meditation and learning to be mindful is a huge part of the practice.
This aspect has helped me let go of daily stresses and really focus on things that are important in my life. It’s tough to let yourself go and empty your brain when it feels like you always have 27 tabs open. But when you can finally reach that moment, it’s magical.
So, what’s your “Why?”. Feel free to share in the comments below!
Until next time,
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Note: This post was updated on January 12, 2017.