Life is so much more than balance. For me it’s about finding purpose. Something that ignites a fire inside you. What is your purpose? What drives you ? What motivates you to become a better person to those around you, and most importantly to yourself? Life can throw a lot of windy roads at you, getting lost is bound to happen. You can always find a way back, no matter how far you derail. It’s never too late to start over.
About six years ago I used to not take very good care of myself, didn’t really care too much about myself either. To say the least I surrounded myself around a bunch of destructive people, and I allowed it. On the outside I looked happy, always made sure my appearance was what mattered. I will say to that appearance does still matter to me, but in a different way. Healthier version of myself way.
After going through a divorce I broke free of my toxic lifestyle. It’s the best thing that could have ever happened to me, losing everything made me who I am today. I stepped away from my life and found an outlet that made me feel amazing.
Fitness is what drove me to open my eyes to a new sense of self care and confidence. It made me happy. Never get lost on who you are or what you want to become, you can always start from scratch . I am the girl now that I used to think about. I would say one day I’ll change my lifestyle and get it together.
Years have passed and I look at myself in a different way now. It’s never too late to explore new avenues in life. Also, it’s never too late to start loving yourself. Self love isn’t something you can buy. wear, drink or take. It comes from yourself , that you earn through mindset. Sometimes you have to clean off a lot of debris and pull back layers to feel it, but it’s there.
Finding something in life that motivates you is the best tool you can possibly have. For myself I found that tool after I felt like I had nothing left. Change is very scary, but yet extremely rewarding as well. Personal growth cannot happen without it. Resisting change is human nature, people are creatures of habit. It’s safe, and known. The unknown leads to anxiety. Anxiety makes people vulnerable. Being vulnerable leads to fear.
When the amygdala of the brain senses a threat it signals the hypothalamus. When the hypothalamus receives the signal it releases hormones. These hormones tell our bodies to either fight or flight. That response system has been always fascinating to me. It correlates to our decisions and choices we make. Most of the time we would rather run than deal with the fear of consequences.
It takes a lot of self love and trust to stand and decide on how you want to deal with obstacles in your life. You can’t control your instincts, or the hormones released in the time of fear. What you can control is the decision on how you react. We have more control over our lives than we realize. This is where the sense of purpose steps in. Sense of purpose reduces anxiety and fear. Life looks a little clearer and you can realize how much you mean to yourself and others around you.
As I write this I am recovering from my second hip surgery, in two years. My physical outlet was taken away for a while, and mentally it’s been a struggle. What motivates me and keeps me going is knowing I will get back to where I want to be. Every day we are one step closer to where we want to be, or who we want to become. Mentally or physically.
Life will definitely knock you down, but it’s up to you on how long you want to stay there. So for me fitness as my outlet saved me, gave me structure and a reason to keep going. Find something that makes you think differently and contributes something positive into your life. Every day begins with a choice, and we have the power to chose what we want every single day. Every day is another chance.
About the Author
Shannon Percy was born and raised in California. Through life experiences she hopes to motivate people to become the best versions of themselves, mentally, spirituality or physically. Follow Shannon on Instagram at @shanfitlife!