The Importance of Saying Yes: Being Free
Wow, I do not know about you guys, but I had arguably one of the best weekends of my life. The funny thing is that I did not do anything out of the ordinary. Instead, I approached the weekend with a completely different approach and mindset, and I just felt FREE. And let me be the first to say that being free feels amazing!
You know when you have that load of stress that is just weighing you down? When you finally overcome the stressors, you just feel light and jolly. Well, that is exactly how I felt this entire weekend.
Friday was an average day for me. I got up in the morning and went to work for the day. At work, I was awarded MVP of my team, so this was a good start to the weekend. After work, I went and worked out for an hour like I do on most days. I followed it up with a delicious bowl of pho from a Vietnamese restaurant near my house. Then, it was time for some Fortnite and watching TV. Sounds like an exciting Friday, right?
This is really where I started to feel liberated. I woke up at around 9am, went and got a coffee, then headed to the gym. After the gym, I enjoyed an awesome breakfast with my parents and my niece that I live with. Let me tell you, the breakfast was damn good. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns piled my plate (and most of it in my stomach). I came home for a bit to relax, and played more video games. I might have had an hour nap, but you know what, I felt like I deserved it.
In the afternoon, I went with my dad and played my first round of golf of the year. A 30 minute mid-round rain delay forced me to take cover under a shelter where I just sat and thank. With the peaceful sound of the rain around me, I was thinking about the peacefulness that I was finding in something that I used to compete in and take so seriously (golf). For me, it wasn’t about shooting my lowest score or fighting to control every shot. It was about relaxing and spending time with one of my best friends.
After our round of golf, my dad and I met the rest of our family at home where we celebrated a week full of successes for everyone. My mom had grilled a delicious pork loin and made amazing perogies. I honestly felt like I was in heaven with this meal. But it only got better. Dinner was accompanied by an amazing strawberry pie, some ice cream on the side, and late night laughs with my family.
Sunday was another day for the books. I followed my morning routine: went and got a coffee and followed it by a great 3-mile run. By this time, the weight of stress had completely came off. I ran my fastest 5k at a pace of 7 minutes per mile. I ended it at my parents house where I made some breakfast and did some more sitting around.
In the afternoon, my family loaded up in the SUV and headed to a gardening center to get some new lawn decorations. It was a good hour drive each way, but the ice cream stop helped to pass time. Once there, I decided that I wanted to start a small garden this summer, so I bought some vegetable seeds. See, I thought it might help my perspective on life if I could actually see something grow from nothing more than a seed. I wanted something to be responsible for and something that I had to take care of. That, and I wanted free vegetables this summer.
We got home pretty late in the afternoon and went straight to gardening around the house. Moving heavy bags of mulch and the sun beating down on me, I managed to work up a pretty strong appetite. I headed to the local grocery store and bought what might have been the best frozen pizza that I have ever had. Since Cinco de Mayo had been the day before, I thought it would be appropriate to get a Mexican Fiesta pizza. Let me tell you, I have zero regrets about getting this. I ate every single piece of it. And to follow? Of course we had to have some more ice cream. If you can tell by now, I really like ice cream.
In what might seem like an average weekend to some, I must admit that I am incredibly proud of myself. With my past, there is no way that I would have gone out to breakfast with my family, had a family dinner, and had a piece of pie with ice cream all in the same day. I just wouldn’t have done it. My brain would have told me that I was going to get fat and that I needed to stick to vegetables. Not this weekend! This weekend, I was free.
Now don’t get me wrong, it was not always easy, but I never really gave myself the opportunity to say no. With everything that was thrown at me this weekend, I simply responded “yes.” Breakfast, pie, pizza, ice cream, you name it, my response was yes. That one word has never felt better to say. I was living life, making memories, and I was able to prove to myself that I am able to overcome my fears.
Next time you are in a bind, do not give yourself that opportunity to say no. Challenge yourself and realize how capable you are of accomplishing your goals. No matter how big your fears are, know that you are stronger, and know that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. Take a chance on yourself. Live the free and amazing life that you were intended to live!
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