We all know that life can change on a dime, and move painfully slowly at the same time. When we are in the midst of making changes in our lives, like loosing weight, growing a business, nurturing a family, time seems to move at a snails pace.
When I lost thirty pounds, twelve years ago now, my weigh loss journey seemed to take so long, especially at the beginning. It actually took eight months to loose the weight, and four months to stabilize into maintenance mode. Across the sixty years of my life, it really wasn’t much time at all.
Or, take the twenty years it took to raise my daughter. When she was little, women would say, “Be sure to cherish this time, it goes back so fast!” Now I am one of those women, myself. My daughter is twenty, my “hands on” parenting chapter is over, and I find myself wondering at how quickly that time went by.
So here on week two of six weeks to sixty, I want to talk a little about change, and remind those of you who are following along that change takes time. Habits take 21 days to develop, substantive life changes take considerably longer. So, let’s be patient with ourselves. Let’s not compare ourselves to where others are on their journeys, let’s just keep focused on our own.
Nine months after I started Sharing A Journey, I met several fashion bloggers. I wanted to know how they had become “big” so fast. I didn’t realize that the big bloggers I admired so much had been working at it for years longer than me. Some had additional experience in broadcasting, writing or marketing. Some had teams helping them.
I began to see that I would drive myself crazy if I spent time chastising myself for not having started earlier, that I had to learn many aspects of this business from scratch or being jealous because because someone had a team to help them.
As we map out our next chapter, embracing the the fact that getting from here to there may take a few moments or the rest of our lives, depending on what it is.
The most important thing here is that, if you are looking to live your best life, like me, make sure you create what you want this time around. Often we are guided by other people’s ideas, society’s norms, parents expectations, or a myriad of other influences. Let’s sharpen our pencils and start thinking about what would make our lives (even more) amazing. Remember it’s not too late to live your best life.