Day 1,307 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Wednesday – 6/2/2021
Accomplishment! Earlier in the year, I decided I would push my body and see if I could get into wheel pose in yoga (aka backbend). It’s something that I had previously dismissed thinking I didn’t have the strength to get into it. Backbends, even as a kid, weren’t something that I could really do. Though several months ago, I decided to start trying. It seemed futile at first though I kept trying every class where we had the opportunity.
Over the past month, I felt like I was getting close. I didn’t have it yet though I would visualize myself getting into wheel pose. And today, it happened. It really happened! I was in a little bit of shock as I pushed into wheel. I wasn’t able to stay in it during the whole time though pushed into it again a second time just to make sure I really did it!
What an accomplishment for me. I am very proud of myself for this goal and staying at it. It would have been easy to give up after the first month or two, though I stayed focused on this simple goal, and I finally did it! Now to do it again, and again again! It’s a good reminder of when you have a goal, you may not know exactly when it will happen, though if you keep pushing, keep working, keep trying, you will succeed in time.
About “Finding Joy”
And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…
It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip. Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core. I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life. And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents.
I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life. My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others.
Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis. It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.