I like to think that commitment shows up most days in my life Usually when I say I’m going to do something, I go ahead and do it. In 2019 my Word of the Year (#WOTY) was Commitment. I can remember back to the end of 2018, when I decided that Commitment was the perfect word for 2019. Looking forward to the coming year, I just knew it was going to be a busy year, or more likely, a frantic year. You might wonder why 2019 would be busier than usual. After all, I manage to make myself busy most of the time. It just seems to happen, even when it’s not planned.
But there were a few things that I knew were going to be on the agenda for the year that would make me extra busy.
- I had decided to do a full year of Maxines Challenge which is a 12 week exercise and nutrition challenge
- The plan in 2019 was to reinstate the ‘night walk’ which is a longer walk than usual, that I do alone, one night each week. It starts in the evening and being a long walk finishes late into the night.
- I was just getting back into cycling and planned to spend time getting my mojo back
- My new book blog was just gaining momentum and would need quite a bit of attention
- There were a few big events in the genealogy world that meant extra work and extra blogging
- Continuation of the Speedo Swimming program
- Other things in my life, such as work and gardening would be keeping my busy.
When making the above list at the end of 2018, it was clear to me that for everything to work out the way I was hoping, I would have to bring my A game and my commitment. As it turned out, 2019 was a good year for me with most of my plans coming into fruition. The only reason that happened was that my commitment was there constantly.
You’re probably wondering why I would be mulling over this again, as it’s old news by now. Recently, as I’ve been living my life in isolation, my thoughts keep going back to 2019, when I was 100% committed. I can’t say that my commitment to anything is 100% at the moment. Except perhaps to isolation, which I’m loving and totally committed to. I often joke that I’m enjoying isolation so much, that I may not come out when it’s all over.
I’m loving isolation so much, that I’ve become a bit lazy, and have let my standards and commitment drop. I’m not making myself wrong about this, as I really do think that the corona virus and the directive to isolate came along at the right time for me. I didn’t realise it at the time, but looking back , I can see that I was getting burnt out. Most areas of my life for about eighteen months had been super busy, and it’s fairly clear that I needed to take time out, and I needed to be kind to myself for a change. It hasn’t hurt me at all to take time out from the things that usually feature in my life, either fully, or by just being a bit more relaxed about them.
Now that I’ve had a few weeks in isolation, the novelty of feeling like I am on holidays is wearing off. I’m still loving it, but feel that it’s time to start showing a bit more commitment to areas of my life that usually are important to me, such as my health and my fitness. In isolation, I’ve still been eating a fairly healthy diet, but I’ve been baking more than usual, and of course, occasionally eating those goodies. I need to put a stop to that before my clothes shrink.
As far as fitness is concerned, I’ve still been going to the gym, but doing a much less committed program. We’ve been doing the occasional bike ride on the rail trail but that hasn’t been consistent enough for me to call it a regular form of exercise. Though I’ve been walking every day, I still haven’t done any long walks, since the knee injury, on the advice of the sports physio. He told me that I would know when it was time. I think of those words, every time I walk and haven’t felt that it was time for any more than 5km yet. Until this week. A few days ago, I walked 5.5k in the bush near our house, on tracks that were muddy, hilly and rocky. Despite the conditions, the knee felt the best it has felt in a long while. So from now on, I plan to be committed to increasing my distance. I’m very keen to get back to walking long distances again.
I know that this feeling is not unique to me. The community in general has been feeling the same. Many have gone back to a simpler way of living, after living their life in the fast lane in recent years. The corona virus has given many of us the opportunity to stop, take a breath, and re-assess our lives. There are many like me, that when they were forced to stop, put the brakes on and stopped completely.
Corona virus rules are now being relaxed around Australia. For us, in Victoria, the changes are small and really don’t affect us, so nothing will change for now.We will continue to self isolate and enjoy it but with the difference that I will be using commitment in a meaningful way from now on.
I’d love to hear about your experience of life in isolation. Is your life more relaxed at the moment? I love it when we have a conversation and promise to reply to all comments.