I woke up the other morning like I do most mornings, groggy, already lethargic, stiff and aching. It’s just kind of par for the course. Some days I am able to get moving and feel so much better once I do. Some days it is all I can do just to get through it… most days I do get through it fine and although I don’t accomplish all of the things I wish I had, I do accomplish things.
I had been having a pretty rough go of it lately. Lots of lethargy and fatigue, feeling depressed, and a lot of headaches, too. When I woke on Saturday morning I was not feeling all that optimistic. I felt achy and sluggish. Then my sister-in-law texted me and asked if I was ready to have a photo shoot! We had talked about doing this for a while as I have been wanting to get some new pics for my blog, social media profiles, etc. I hesitated for a moment, and then I went ahead and said YES!
By the time I had myself all made-up, dressed, hair and make-up done, I felt ready to have some fun and enjoy myself. I played some spunky music on my way to the location and I was feeling like a completely different person than I had just a couple of hours ago. I felt full of life and energy, I felt excited to just be me.
The fact that I felt so different led me to wonder how much of how I feel sometimes is directly related to my environment and my outlook on the day ahead? Before I had something ahead of me that I was really looking forward to participating in, I felt like the day ahead was going to be hard, laborious, and definitely not fun. I didn’t feel well, I really didn’t believe that I would feel well all day. But once I got moving, and put some enthusiasm into my mindset, I felt so much better.
Of coarse, I was tired after a couple of hours of playing! I needed a nap later. I needed to take a couple of pain relievers and take it easier the rest of the day, but I had really enjoyed my day far more than I had anticipated that morning. I can’t help but be curious, how much do I limit myself when I wake, before the day even begins? Each day seems to start out feeling icky… but what might I be able to overcome if I push through it? I believe the answer is far more than I often think I can.
I certainly don’t recommend doing anything that would cause you pain or create greater discomfort for you, but I believe for me, I often don’t see the possibility of what the day could hold because of the way I feel when I first wake up… perhaps my days have a lot more in store for me than I ever thought they could?
Not every day is filled with fun or opportunities to get all glammed up, but there are opportunities within each day. Although I am not always sure what they are, I believe they are truly out there.
Photo by Christine Nichole Photography.