Tuesday, August 25, 2009
She Got Up Off The Couch
She Got Up Off The Couch is a wonderful book that I listened to a couple of years ago. (Highly recommend) I remembered the basic storyline when thinking of Mizfit's and then Hanlie's posts on being your own superhero. As much as anything, I want my daughter to see and know that it is possible to change one's life. I want her to know that no one bad decision or set of decisions make life unrecoverable. There is always hope and there is a way to change to make things better.
It's hard for me to imagine ever being who I used to be - the woman who came home from work and collapsed into a recliner where I would live until bedtime. Pebbles used to tease me about setting up camp there and she was right. I lived in that big old LazyBoy - watching TV, eating junk and letting my world collapse around me. I barely recognize that woman now and I don't think she would recognize me at all. It would have been impossible to imagine that years later I would have evolved into this. I'm grateful for the journey. I'm glad I got up off the couch. And it's not like it's done - it's just now getting interesting. I get to keep getting up off the couch each and every day. It's the journey off the couch that's rewarding, not the destination.
It is my sincere hope and greatest wish that I've stopped, or at the very least, greatly diminished the chaos, dysfunction and disorder from moving to Pebble's generation. I haven't seen signs that she has ever experienced the self-loathing that so many of us have lived with for so long. My hope is that that particular hell bypasses her (and everyone) completely.
There's a new set of fitness classes available this week at the gym. I may try the dance class today. I don't know how to log it as far as my Frequently Tired Miles program, but I guess I'll figure something out. I'm looking to shake things up a bit and do something different. I'm so not a dancer, but learning some moves might be fun.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Get up off the couch and be your own superhero.