#FitGeekFriday 7 – Be Mindful of the Future

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Be Mindful of the Future

If there’s one thing I never thought I’d say, it was that I actually learned something from Star Wars: Episode I. As bad as The Phantom Menace is, Qui-Gon Jinn (or is it just Liam Neeson?) is awesome on so many levels, and Ewan MacGregor has now somehow become my Obi-Wan.

The week I’ve had really hearkens back to a conversation between the two Jedi:

Obi-Wan: But Master Yoda says to be mindful of the future.
Qui-Gon: But not at the expense of the moment.

Sure, we all need to be mindful of the future. We only get one shot at all this, and we need to make it count. We need to prepare for the future, no doubt. That’s the number one reason we all do the geeky/fitnessy stuff we do–so we can be around as long as we can to love as much stuff and as many people as we can.

But we shouldn’t get so hung up in being mindful of the future that we miss out on what’s right in front of us. We shouldn’t focus so much on the race in a few months that we don’t enjoy the training runs. We shouldn’t focus on crossing the finish line that we miss the beautiful view.

We shouldn’t take for granted that tomorrow is going to be there. Because one day it won’t be.

Not to be a downer or put to serious a slant on stuff, but guys, if you don’t take the time to look around your lives and appreciate the good things right now, who knows if and when you’ll ever get another chance.

So yes, prep for the future. Make plans. Work hard. Do good stuff.

But don’t do it at the expense of the life you’re living. Don’t do something because you “have to” or because “it’ll eventually be worth it.”

Because who knows if it will be? You only get to do this once. Life’s too short for bad movies, crappy video games, and boring workouts. Don’t waste your time doing anything less than doing what you absolutely love.

Watch good movies. Play awesome games. Run or lift or play because you love it, not because someone else told you to.

Just because the end result is “fitness” or “health” or “weight loss” or even “fun,” if the time it takes to get there sucks…you’re wasting your time.

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#Geekspiration – Pure Imagination

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Two things have really given me the feels this week. I’ve been really introspective lately. First was my car accident. I’m incredibly grateful that I made it through such a wacky ordeal without even so much as being sore.

The second was the Parks and Recreation series finale. Without going into too much detail (or giving away plot spoilers), both the episode and the entire show is about a group of people who like each other and want to do good things for the sake of doing good things. The finale made me weepy, and it also made me think a lot about my impact on people–and the world–around me.

I guess what I’m getting at is that if you want the world to be a better place, you can’t wait for others to do it. If you see something that needs to be done, do it. If it matters enough to get done, then it matters enough to get done right now.

So many things happen that we can’t influence in any way, so why are we not taking charge and shaping those things we can influence?

If that’s saying hello to someone and making them smile and not feel alone, then smile at them. If that’s running a few miles and making yourself feel accomplished, then go run. If it’s donating time or money to charity, calling an old friend to catch up, or even just listening when someone you care about tells you they’ve had a rough day.

Those small acts change the world in almost imperceptible ways. Not everything has to be a giant change. Most things won’t be. Most things can’t be.

However, simply being mindful of the world around you is enough to change it for the better.There are a lot of things that are broken in this world, and even more things that aren’t. Find the good things, latch on to them, and do your best to help others see that same wonder in the world.

Take the time out of your incredibly busy day to realize what good and amazing things you have in your life, or how you can help someone else.

Now hold your breath, make a wish, count to three…

Be Grateful for the Little Things

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I had a car accident on Friday. I’m fine, but it could have been a heck of a lot worse than it was.

You see, I skidded on some ice on my way home from work, went into a spin, drifted into the lane to my right, and was struck by a semi truck.

My car, a Toyota Prius, is banged up pretty good and in need of a good repair job, but it’s still running. It wasn’t smashed to itty-bitty pieces like you’d think a Prius would should be after having a semi smash into it. (I’ve even decided to name my Prius Groot because of how well it protected me from the impact and now has to be regrown repaired.)

As for me, I was super lucky. I didn’t get hurt, jarred, bruised, injured, or–most importantly–killed.

But I could have been. And that’s made me realize that the things that are the most important to me are the little things most of us take for granted.

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