Skip to main content

Limits are not Bad

Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly. –Nolan Ryan

A few years ago I was working out regularly with a personal trainer. Before that I’d been working out forever on my own and hadn’t seen any noticeable results in some time. With that, I thought that a trainer was the way to go. I won’t bore you with the details, but fast forward to the moment when I had the first signs of back pain…apparently the result of bad form and exercises I shouldn’t be doing. Money well spent, eh?

Since then, the trainer is history and I’ve been seeing a chiropractor who has done me a world of good. In fact, I saw her recently and we chatted about how great I feel. Until the other day. I was tired but pushed myself through a workout anyway.

Fatigued, I lost my form and hurt my back. But the only person I have to blame this time is myself. Apparently the fact that I’m not invincible seems to elude me. So I take this as a lesson in learning to a) acknowledge that there are limits and b) accept mine. To have done so would mean I would have foregone the workout and saved myself from getting hurt.

In a battle between my body and my mind, my mind will always win. I remind myself that to have limits is to be human. To adapt to circumstance to is to survive. To rest is to heal so that we can continue all the things we enjoy for a long time.

But to accept this is a battle. We are taught to push our limits, and that accepting limitations is akin to failure, or at the very least giving up. I was amused when searching for a quote or image to accompany this post, that it was difficult to find something in support of accepting limits. It's no wonder it's a struggle.

Google affirms that “no limits” is the way to be.
But my body tells me I do have limits, despite what we are told to aspire to. And that is not bad. It’s just plain human. I am learning slowly…sometimes the hard way.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?

Finding what speaks to you

For some time, my partner and I have been talking about devoting time together to a local cause we believe in. Fuelled by our own sense of gratitude and desire to make a small difference, we considered a few options. And though there are so many wonderful causes to choose from, nothing seemed a perfect match.  That is until we found The Furniture Bank.
The Furniture Bank is a Canadian non-profit dedicated to providing gently used household furnishings to families in need. With my new but growing background in design, and my partner's handyman skills, this was the cause we had been searching for.  Volunteers can assist clients with furniture selection, prepare furniture for delivery, provide marketing or administrative support, and/or repair furniture. If you'd like to say hello, come by and you'll find us in the furniture workshop giving pieces a second life.
So, if you're also considering volunteering for a cause, start by asking yourself what's important to you. Po…

I'm not Thinking about It

Meditation. Eastern philosophers have long touted its great benefits. Westerners attempt it with varying levels of success.
According to Wikipedia, meditation is “any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.”