Okay, let’s talk about this 500 day commitment thing. I thought about it all last night and a little into this morning. I kept on thinking about Brian’s and Alexandra’s commitments and my first thought was: “Yeah, if I was living in Bali that might work… but given that I have a whole life already in motion here,
AND, given that I don’t want to fail,
AND, given that I am a Vata and need my Crockpot potroast on cold January nights,
AND, given that I already have BIG ROCKS that I try to get in every day, I decided that I wasn’t going to go vegan (but I considered it) and I wasn’t going to do a hundred things that I would have to spend my whole effing day doing and then when they didn’t get done I would have to spend the next effing day self-flagellating myself about not doing them.
AND, as much as I truly get into self-flagellation (yum), I decided not to commit to a dietary regime, plus a reading regime, plus a writing regime, plus an exercise regime, and instead just do 2 simple things for the next 500 days:
1. Every day yoga.
2. Every day meditation.
No time limits.
Success? Virtually guaranteed.
But if I can actually pull this off over 500 days?
Who would you be if you did a yoga practice every day for 500 days?
Who would you be if you meditated every day for 500 days?
(Yeah, I know, right?)
If you want to be an expert at anything (according to Malcolm Gladwell) you have to practice your “thing” 3 hours a day for 10 years. Seriously. That’s 10, 000 hours.
Makes 500 days seem puny, doesn’t it?
Imagine it, though.
How old are you now? (Me? 57) How old will you be in 10 years? (Me? 67.)
What if you started doing something today and did it 3 hours a day for the next 10 years? You would turn “x” years old and be an expert in piano or Spanish or architecture or yoga or …. in just 10 quick years.
Again. How old are you now?
How old were you 10 years ago?
How far have you come in those 10 years?
Are you disappointed in the answer? (I am.)
You can totally change your life today if you want to.
If you are living a part that is too small, and if your movie is low budget and dumb? You can re-write the the entire screenplay, change the location, and cast yourself in a completely different role if you want to! It’s YOUR life!
You can transform the WHOLE damned thing!
that’s what you want…
(is that what you want??)
That’s what I want.
2 thoughts on “Starting Today”
I am just catching up on your posts. I took a 10 day vacation down the shore… ahhh… took a deeper practices class with Amy Stephanik while there… bigger ahhh…
In any event, I was a total basket case before I left and you totally captured everything I have been going through in this post.
What if? It’s my big question right now. Looking forward to reconnecting in 30 days…
I’ve been missing your facebook updates, etc. and figured you were media-fasting. I simply cannot **wait** to get in the presence of the “BIG Y” again. My “inspiration meter” is loooowww. Yeah, 30 more days! (Which reminds me I have to register and pay!) And oh, did you see the list of postures? *whimper*
love, love, love!