Movement and progress are not interchangeable. This is something I have been struggling to master lately. When you do a lot of things, many of which are beneficial to your life, you feel like you're moving forward.
But sometimes you're not. Sometimes you're just busy.
And you literally spend every waking moment doing the things that you hope will propel you into the future. You have goals and you want to achieve them. All these tiny steps, like the pitter patter of fast feet in a fitness class, will lead you to your goal. Then what...will you finally be happy?
Pardon my introspection. I've always been a future-thinking individual. In fact, one of my Clifton Strengths is that I'm future-thinking. I spent a lot of my childhood and formative years daydreaming what my life would look like while listening to the emo and angsty music of the 90's and early 2000's. My head resides among the clouds and my thoughts are frequently focused on the future.
Let me be the first to tell you...my life looks nothing like those daydreams.
And that is okay. I'm not mad. I like my life a lot but I know I have these big dream/goal thingies I want to achieve. I think my side hustles and my quests for fulfillment and my fitness projects will lead me to the path of ULTIMATE ACCOMPLISHMENT. Then I remember....there is a difference between movement and progress.
This past weekend I spent my Saturday struggling through a 15K run. That afternoon I decided to push the work projects to the side, not to clean the house, forget about groceries and just spend the remainder of the day outside with my best friend and my dog. I didn't worry about what needed to get done. I didn't overthink what I ate. I just existed in time and space. I embraced the present. And it was perfect. I'm still in a good mood from those precious hours out in the sunshine with the people (and creature) I love.
Let's face it, the present is a present. Some of the most memorable moments of our lives come from little tiny, innocent vignettes. So my challenge for you, and by you, I also mean me, is to take a step back and evaluate all the tiny busy hustling things you (and I) have in our lives and really determine what is movement and what is essential to progress.
You can't live your life dreaming about what it can be, because one day you will be old and still dreaming about "nice to have" instead of "what you had."