I know you probably read it and we’re like YAH Bev (it’s BevERLEY btw), obviously don’t do what you don’t love. Why would I do something I don’t love? That’s so silly.
Okay, but just hear me out:
When I was in university and played rugby, I was INTENT on being one of the fittest people on that field (mainly because I definitely was one of the smallest). I would get up and run every other morning at 6 am, and then workout later that day. Once I had graduated, I continued to wake up at 6 am to run because I didn’t know any different.
And you know what?
I HATED IT. I didn’t like waking up so early, I hated how cold it was at that time, and cringed at having to put my contacts in before my eyes had fully adjusted. I disliked it so much, that I started to resent myself every time I woke up to run. Unfortunately by this point in my life, I was convinced that to stay in shape, I needed to run 3-4 mornings a week. If I didn’t, my body would obviously turn into a ball of dough.
A dough-y Beverley Cheng.
After a few more months of those morning runs, eventually I said ‘screw it,’ and stopped them altogether. Instead, I decided to do it on my own terms – this meant cutting back completely, and going once or twice on the weekends at a time that suited me. You know what happened?
EVERYTHING and NOTHING.
Changing those runs from 4 mornings a week before the sun was up, to once a week when the sun was shining made me a much happier person. I started to remember why I enjoyed running so much in the first place! And what happened to my body? Literally nothing. If anything, I got a bit leaner and tighter. I definitely did not become a cookie dough brownie.
So what does this mean for you?
It’s simple – if you’re doing something that you don’t enjoy doing, QUIT IT. It’s okay to quit. (But I mean, if you don’t like your job, don’t go ahead and quit your job and then come calling on me for answers). If there is something that you’re doing in your day to day life, whether it is fitness related, relationships, work, hobbies that you are no longer interested in, there is nothing that is keeping you from changing it.
Don’t be like me and think that just because it’s become a part of your routine, you have to keep doing it. No! People change, your goals change, situations change – something you may have loved back then, may be something that you no longer love now. If it’s making you unhappy, take a step back and realize that you’re never without an option to fix it.
Running might seem like a superficial analogy, but it really does apply in many ways. I was not happy stuck in that routine. And every time I missed a run, I felt bad about myself all day. If it doesn’t make you 100% happy, then in my opinion it doesn’t matter what the change is. Big or small, the impact can be tremendous.
Those are my two cents… What about you??
- Is there something that you’re doing now that makes you unhappy?
- What is one thing that has changed for you since 5 years ago?