I’ll look back at 2021 finishing with even more gratitude of what I have.
It goes without saying how grateful I am for my family and our health. For this year has made us acutely aware of each precious moment.
In a year with further study of the Stoics thanks to the fantastic Ryan Holiday, I’m reminded more so of ‘We control how we respond’ through Epictetus. It’s not lost on me how we started 12 months ago back in lockdown and really struggling for a time.
What did happen was having to dig deep to find the path that took us through the the 1st lockdown – how did we adapt? How did we get our exercise in the first instance, where were my mistakes? How did we get better?
The response to react quicker to install a familiar routine helped a lot the during the 2nd period 12 months ago. With what ended up being a longer time out of the gym, the moment we got back propelled that sense of gratitude any type of movement, let alone concern over what equipment I had, was very much at the forefront of my mind.
Do I use “positivity” as a defence mechanism? I don’t think so, but I think I’ve realised it goes deeper than me just trying to think positive thoughts. I believe it’s an appreciation of what I can do / have access to. There’s been a battle mentally for that for years but the gratitude I have for my life and my experiences is greater now than it ever has been.
A challenge facing me now is to continue to evolve that with each battle that is presented…
So, on to the next challenge!!