This is a quote I stumbled upon on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and it’s stuck with me since then. I’ve spent the last 3 weeks hopping across the country in an order that I realize appears to make absolutely no sense (just go with it). During my time in Southern Utah, I had a weekend break between cities I needed to be in so I decided to spend that time hiking around Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. After an incredible first day of hiking in Zion, I headed to Snow Canyon the next day to explore. I started on a trail that was not very well marked and as a result, I spent more time off the trail- winding through bushes and getting stuck by cacti- instead of on it. I was getting really frustrated and instead of appreciating Snow Canyon’s beauty and how lucky I was to have the opportunity to spend time there, I kept wishing I had gone somewhere else for the day. And that’s when it hit me- how was I going to enjoy myself if I kept focusing on the negative? So I stopped myself right there, got myself off that trail, found another one, headed uphill and ultimately, I had a great day.
I think it’s so easy to focus on our failures, to think about what went wrong or what could go wrong, and to forget to appreciate the moment. It’s a common trap that I fall into quite often and I think that’s because it is so ingrained in our society that we must constantly be looking to better ourselves. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that- in fact, I 110% believe we should want to be our best selves. But, I also think that from time to time it’s important to pause, to take in the moment and recognize where we are at this point in our lives, and to realize that we are enough. Whether your goal is to run a 10K, snag a new deadlift PB, get an ‘A’ on your econ final or check off everything on your to-do list for the day- just pause for a moment and note where you are. Forget about how far you may still need to go and instead, acknowledge how far you’ve come.
We’re so hard on ourselves that we often forget to be proud of ourselves for what we have achieved. So instead of fixating on those downhill thoughts- thinking about how much more we still need to achieve or what we haven’t accomplished yet- let’s praise ourselves for what we have done. Again, I’m not saying don’t try to better yourself. What I’m saying isrecognize that you are enough- that where you are right now has taken hard work and you should be proud of yourself for that, that you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now and that with continued determination, you will get to where you want to be.