I was back on track for one week! I went to ballet last week for the first time in over a month and it was good! And also terrible…my muscles hurt for a few days afterward and then, I was supposed to meet my friend for barre class, but we both had to work late. I was going to go today, but yesterday I went on a never ending hike and got terribly sunburned. I woke up this morning with a headache, sore muscles and a back that hurts whenever my shirt touches it. I shouldn’t have skipped today, but I do feel rather awful.
Wow. That last paragraph sounds like a lot of excuses and while they might be somewhat justified, they’re excuses nonetheless. Time to begin planning around my exercise if I really want to do this thing. There’s just a disconnect between wanting to do something and actually doing it. (I’m sure everyone has this problem…or at least most people…) I really need to figure out some strategies to make sure I accomplish the things that are important to me. Let’s make sure next week isn’t a roadblock week too!
I knew this would happen! It’s why I stopped watching TV in the first place, but Master of None came out (amazing), then Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (better than good), and then I discovered Veep (truly excellent). For the longest time I wasn’t watching TV because I knew once I found something I wanted to watch, I wouldn’t do anything else. And now I’ve opened a can of worms.
Building new habits is a hard thing to do. I’ve managed to build small ones like flossing every day (pair it with brushing my teeth!) and doing my DuoLingo French (with my coffee in the morning), but anything which requires more time and energy is kind of a struggle. I know myself and I know that pairing works and pure willpower doesn’t. I know that making things into tiny blocks instead of one big block helps me get the most done, even if my pace is slower than a snail’s.
I know I don’t have enough will power to stop watching Veep in the middle of the series, so I’ll just try my best to not watch it until the weekend. After it’s done, I’ll cut the cord again and I’ll be back on track with all my goals (more to come!)
(But…..if you haven’t you should watch Veep)
For the past few years I’ve been taking ballet classes off and on. Adult ballet classes. I never took them as a child, but I always wanted too. I remember at a young age asking my one ballet friend all about class and performances and what being part of a production was like. To me it just seemed like magic. Even as a teenager, I looked for adult classes I might be able to join. Sadly, there weren’t any in my area.
Then one day a few years ago I suddenly realized – I’m an adult and I can do whatever I want, whenever I want (for the most part, as I am very law-abiding and rule oriented). So I signed up for a beginner class! By myself. It was scary doing something new and all alone, but I loved it! It’s been a few years since I took that beginner class and so I want to get back in the saddle (or rather in the shoes). I’ve been having trouble making it to class for the last year or so and I want this blog to be some sort of accountability. I know I’ll never dance on stage, but I’d at least like to make it into pointe shoes! At least once.
They say you need 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. Maybe I’ll never make it there, but I want to get as close as I can. (I even have a tracker on my phone. It’s called Mastery.) So here’s to the start of 10,000 hours and some sort of accountability. And practice. Lots and lots of practice. I’ll update my progress along the way with some other blog posts thrown in about things I love. This is – after all – a blog about finding things in life which bring me joy, however small.