It's Wednesday! Time for the WorkOut Wednesday linkup (#wowlinkup) with Femme Fitale Fit Club, The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, Comeback Momma and Mean, Green, Clean Eating Teen! Each week a group of bloggers link up at the hosts' sites to bring you all kinds of posts about fitness. Check it out!
Our move is complete, landing us overseas. It's been a whirlwind week, but I have been able to keep up my workouts better than I thought I would. I'll have more to write on that later. For now, let's just say that although it's a different place, different time zone and different language, rest assure some things stay the same:
This week I want to share my thoughts on a Facebook post I read recently. I wish I had marked the post but for the life of me I can't find it in my News Feed. So I'm going off of what I remember; it may not be exact but I remember how the article made me feel. The author said someone commended her for having a "balanced" life and although she was flattered, she basically said her life was just as hectic and crazy as anyone else's. She then went on to say the word "balance" is thrown around too much and has become the new meaning of perfect. It had become the latest word to make women feel bad about themselves.
Now, seeing that this word is so important to me and is even part of my blog title, I had to think, is this what I'm conveying to people? I sure hope not.
|Photo source: Balance Wines|
To me, balance is in fact the opposite of perfection. If you had a perfect life, you would have everything you want, give the exact amount of attention to things that you want to and everything would be even keeled - every day. Balance can be misinterpreted to mean "having and doing it all" - having an awesome career, being a great mom, friend or coworker, being a loving wife, keeping an orderly house, participating within the community, being in shape, all with a big old smile on your face. Truth is, on any given day you can have a few of those things while others will be lacking. In my humble opinion, a balanced life is one of acceptance and sacrifice. It's about accepting your imperfections and making do with the good things you have. It's about prioritizing your wants and sacrificing the things toward the bottom of your list so you can tend to those at the top. If you're balanced, you won't be happy with that decision every day, but you know that unhappiness can be eased by achieving the things most important to you.
Balance is a constant state of ebbs and flows. This has become even more evident to me as I've progressed through the Yoga Challenge #independencearmy with Beach Yoga Girl, Kino Yoga and Laura Sykora. Each day has been a new arm balancing pose, and let me tell you I can feel it in the shoulders and core! Great strengthener which I'll dive into more in a different post. But if you look at my videos (on Facebook or Instagram) and even those of the experts as we go into the pose, you will see us shaking. It takes extreme concentration of the mind and every body part to get into the poses. The mind has to relax while some muscles contract and others are stretched. It's a constant state of back and forth. If the poses were perfect, we'd be completely still. But no, balance is actually a state of constant movement between give and take.
|My shoulders are sore after doing these poses - will cover that next week!|
I don't mind the word balance and I certainly hope my blog isn't the type that makes people feel bad or the need to be perfect. My goal is totally the opposite. I want people to accept their imperfections while focusing on all the good in their lives. Balance is something I always think about to keep myself motivated and moving forward, and I think it's healthy for us to seek it. It's actually a source of comfort when I feel like I'm lacking in any sort of way because it reminds me that I'm stronger in some other aspect. We are all a balance of strengths and weaknesses.
What do you think? Is the word balance used too much? What does it mean to you?
Don't forget to check the link up, there are always great posts on workouts, motivation, and nutrition!
Until next time,