Without intending to today I set a new personal record.
in between the moment that I woke up this morning to the point where I sit typing now Apple Watch is reporting that I’ve done 254 minutes of cardio based exercise, walked over 17 miles and 32,000+ steps.
The crazy thing is that while I look at this I’m not particularly surprised any more. If I’m honest I’m even contemplating going out again later – not because I have some burning need to increase a particular stat, or to set new personal bests – but because I’m not wiped out or tired.
I feel like I do at any other normal moment of the day – full of energy.
There was a time not that long ago that a simple trip to the supermarket would require a sit down half way through. It was also most likely to make me to need a nap when I returned home as well due to the exertion required to simply walk around a big out of town store.
I used to curse the fact that the booze aisle (which was where I inevitably ended up at the end of each visit) was at the furthest point away from the entrance in any supermarket.
Now I absolutely love my life – and how vital I feel during every single moment of every single day.
If you’d told me two years ago that I’d have been sober for 646 days and counting and as fit as I am now before I hit 45 then frankly I’d have laughed you out of the room. I think I’d have also viewed you with great skepticism if you’d have told me I’d be saying ‘yes‘ to everything and saying ‘can do!‘ when faced with 99.9% of questions and scenarios in my life.
What’s even more rewarding is how much positivity and good vibrations (especially when they’re when pushed out into the wider world with no expectation of them being returned – just because it’s the right thing to do) come home to roost when you least expect it.
This week I’ve had a few things that I didn’t expect happen – and they’ve occurred because I’ve placed myself honestly and openly in front of others, with the best of intentions, and no other agenda but to be positive or helpful – and to spread that as far and wide as I can.
Oddly a friend sent me a video link in the middle of all this – and it seemed to encapsulate everything that was going through my mind (it actually put a little lump in my throat while I watched it) because it’s all true.
If you’ve scrolled past then don’t.
It’s funny as well as thought provoking and it’s only 6 minutes long.
There was a time when I probably would have simply refused to view this because I would have cynically expected it to be cheese of the highest order. Furthermore if you had somehow forced me to view it I would probably have turned my nose up at it anyway.
Those days are over though, and if I have any say in the matter they’re never coming back.
I want everyone that comes into my life to think that in some way shape or form they met a good person, with the best of intentions, who had a kind heart, wasn’t cynical, cared about other people more than himself, and wanted to leave everyone happier and more fulfilled than when he found them.
I’d also like to think I’d leave them a little out of breath after a lengthy twalk in the countryside!
You don’t need to be rich to get fit – nor do you need to be extravagantly generous with gifts to make a difference. It doesn’t cost a penny to be a better person. All it takes is belief that things can be better.
The first step isn’t to look to yourself and ask why things aren’t coming your way or good things aren’t happening – it’s to go out there and make it your mission to enrich someone’s day, even in the most minuscule way.
Waiting at the traffic lights to cross the road? Pass the time of day with the pensioner waiting beside you and smile at them. Wish them good day as you walk off, or chat for a while if they seem like they have a need to talk.
Waiting in a supermarket or coffee shop queue? Talk to the person on the checkout and ask them how they are. Take an interest in how they feel, and remember what they say for the next time. Tell them that they’ve brightened up your day as well.
Say thank you to your bus or taxi driver and tell him or her a joke as you get off the bus or out of the cab. Leave them with a smile as you walk away for no other reason but the fact that it benefits them.
It doesn’t matter what we do for a living – being told we’re doing a good job or getting a smile from someone makes our day.
The point I’m making is that none of these things are to increase our wealth or status. They’re for the benefit of others and they’re the right things to do. They lift other people when they might be feeling lonely or sad and we don’t know how important or trivial these moments will be to someone unless we just randomly do it.
We may in fact never know – but sometimes we do find out – and weeks, months or even years later that person may tell you just what it meant – and how a small kindness you didn’t think twice about meant everything to them at the right moment in time.
Furthermore you can do all of these things while you’re walking and getting exercise instead of driving a mile to the supermarket. Before you know it you’ll be bumping into people everywhere that you recognise and waving at them as they pass in cars or on bikes.
You’ll feel like part of your community and not just someone that lives in the same place as everyone else.
This way internet I think you’ll be truly happy.