When a young dragon-fly sets off for its first flight this small but nonetheless intricately beautiful insect must feel a rush of adrenaline pumping through its tiny body. When a baby is able to stand up straight and take his or her first steps walking, the same sort of feeling must be experienced. Whenever one is subjected to a new and exciting experience something inside of us tells us that we should never let go of it and pursue it no matter what it takes. I believe that this principle can be applied to an endless list of things.
But let me ask you, do you think there could be any ‘danger’ associated with such ‘rush of adrenaline’ or ‘over satisfaction’ (if I may call it that way)? Well… Strangely, I think there certainly could be.
Allow me to elaborate by drawing a rather distant connection with the two situations aforementioned that will, hopefully, elucidate my point.
About a year ago, I started to get really into running, and with this naturally came the desire to become healthier. So I started to read more and more about food, sports, yoga – wellness in general. And it was great. I ran my first half-marathon and it was one of the most amazing experience of my life so far (I am not even exaggerating)! I experienced with different food – did a vegan detox, started to incorporate more vegetables and fruits to my diet, cut back on processed food and refined sugar. I started to become hooked to feeling healthy.
But, somehow, although I was doing all the ‘right’ things I slowly saw myself become a bit too focused on this aspect of my life, so much that it became a bit of an obsession (a strong obsession). How weird is that?! How weird is the fact that, because I was loving being healthy so much, I started to become too harsh on myself, too restrictive. After a while, I realised that I had fallen into a ‘binge-restrict-binge-restrict’ type of relationship with my own self. And it hurt. I was not happy about the way I looked, my sporting capabilities and I made myself feel so bad for eating ‘unhealthy food’.
To be frank, I feel silly writing this. Why? Because I am so lucky to have access to such good food and live in a beautiful area where I am able to go out and about close to the sea and nature. Sydney is a beautiful place to live in. Sydney is a very much ‘health and fitness’ orientated place. But, sadly, I have noticed that around me some people have become so hooked on to this ‘healthy’ lifestyle that it has started to severely negatively affect them. This ‘syndrome’ is particularly prone to young women.
So, just like a dragon-fly might take its flying capabilities a bit too far and get trapped in a house (like the dragon fly in the image above got trapped in my room – don’t worry I let it free after I took a photo of it) or like a young child might fall after walking too fast for its little legs to handle, we can sometimes turn amazing opportunities into dangerous situations. I am so glad that I was able to realise that I was falling into a bad routine which was not healthy anymore because I had taken things too far.
What is the solution to this problem? It’s easy. It starts with the letter B and is in the title of this post. Yes, you guessed it right: BALANCE!
Everyone is different. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to lead your life. If you want to exercise then do. If you want to eat chocolate, then do. If you want to go out for some drinks, then do. As long as you do this to make yourself happy not because of what other people think of you then you are nailing it! Being healthy does not mean never eating ‘bad’ food or exercising everyday. It’s about finding the right balance that works for YOU.
If you love something, do it as much as you want UNTIL you hear the little voice inside of you saying ‘okay I think I’ve had enough now’, I’m going to take it easy for bit and do other things. Listening to your own body is a skill which one must learn to embrace.
After all, we are all beautiful so let’s not over think anything too much and enjoy the life we have been given.