You know those nervous flutters in your tummy that you get when you are nervous, or excited about something? Some people call that getting "butterflies"... I realized one day in 2011 or so, that it had been a reeeeaaly long time since I had felt those nervous butterflies in my stomach. This was not a good realization. I was devastated. I was comfortable. Too comfortable.
Sometime in there, I got a glimmer of hope. I started to dream again. I imagined making changes in my life. I imagined that I had an athlete inside this 211 pound body that was waiting to come out and be free. So I did something that gave me butterflies.
I registered for a 5K Run.
It was springtime, and the race was in October. I had put my money down, my family was going to be there, and the thought that I would collapse on the streets of Kansas City was enough of a reason to start trying to run a little bit.
By the time race day came, I had lost 10 pounds. I was at 201 on race day. I barely got any sleep the night before! That was mostly due to my 2 year old. However, I got up, got down to downtown KC with my family and my friend Bipasha was there to support me too. It was a brand new experience and there were definitely butterflies standing there waiting for that gun to go off.
As I crossed the finish line I had tears of joy streaming down my face. My life had changed so much from just this simple decision to register for this race. It was the start of many changes to come. I didn't know that then, but I had set in motion an entirely different future for myself.
In the next 2 years, I was to lose another 40 pounds and completely transform my life. Yes, I've put a few of those pounds back on, but the self-love and acceptance is at an all time high. Running, Weight loss, Fitness, Wellness.... it's all symbolic. These are symbols, opportunities, to step up and love yourself in a new awesome way by taking care of that athlete inside that is just longing to come out!
Maybe you've got fitness in the bag, but there is something else that gives you butterflies right now? The good kind of butterflies that push you forward into the life that's truly possible for you? Talk to that person, Make that art, Send that email, Ask that question. Give that gift. Whatever it is that is making your stomach jump with anticipation... do that. Do THAT thing and see where it takes you. Follow the Butterflies!
Sara Page, Founder of The Open Life
Sara Page is an Artist, Writer, Speaker, Openness Coach, and creator of the new ABC book. ("L is for Love and Light") The book encourages the child in all of us to stay true to who we are, and follow our dreams! As the Founder of The Open Life, Sara's mission is to Live Life Open, and inspire others to do the same! Sign up for email updates and start living "The Open Life"!