Today I went for a run. Ok, it was more of a walk/jog for a minute/walk again kind of run, but I put on my trainers, got outside and exercised.
Now, if you’re a sporty type and this doesn’t seem like a big deal, firstly TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. Secondly, to me, a small run is a huge victory.
The idea of exercising in public makes me feel nauseous, I worry people will judge my lack of technique…and ability to breathe. I get so red in the face through lack of fitness and embarrassment and I just hate it.
But, it’s a new year, I’m 20, and I feel it’s time to take some responsibility for my fitness. So, I went for a run. I had my boyfriend there to encourage me and we went into the hills that surround my town. Guys, the views were worth it. Despite the sweat and snot, I couldn’t help feel thankful as I looked across the pretty sky line.
It’s not like I ran a marathon or anything, even though my legs feel like they did, but I made myself do something that scared me and I think that’s always worth celebrating.
Those little things in our lives that feel ugly and intimidating, the things we like to avoid, when you overcome them you have every right to celebrate it! Even if they might look insignificant to others, if they’re a big deal to you, I reckon there’s no harm in having a little dance party for one, or treating yourself to a cosy film night with extra marshmallows in your hot chocolate.
Each day is full of little bumps in the journey and its ok to pat yourself on the back occasionally, and remind yourself, you’re doing great.
Let’s be a community that encourages others and ourselves to celebrate the little victories and give ourselves some credit every so often.
In the famous words of Heather Small ‘what have you done today to make you feel proud?‘
Let me know in the comments!