It seems this is the month of festivities as graduate invitations fill my email and seem to be the primary topic on all the social media feeds! Although I’m very excited for so many people achieving a higher level of academics, the excuse to bake decadent desserts and enjoy the company of family and close friends is something I look forward to just as much as their earned success. Looking back at my own graduation from high school, it’s hard to believe I recently completed my Bachelor’s degree and in a few short months, I too will be graduating again with a Master’s degree. I hardly doubt the congratulatory praise for making enduring the excruciating hours, weeks and months of constant obstacles is the main reason people decide to better themselves.
I can vividly remember the emotional stress lifting from my shoulders as I walked into the auditorium in my cap and gown. The fear of falling in front of so many people diminished as I accepted the most expensive pieces of paper in my life. Instead, I felt an overwhelming sense of achievement, pride, and confidence in myself. Although it took a lot of small sacrifices and sporadic anxiety over the previous months, in the end it was all worth it.
I’d like to think improving our own wellbeing is something most people strive for and should be celebrated. Why should we limit the festivities to only life changing events? Don’t get me wrong, birthdays, weddings, graduations, and career advancements are worth the elaborate parties but I’m a strong believer in the small things that make a difference. As I prepare for my 3rd fitness competition, everyday I give myself a little praise before climbing into bed. Why you may ask? Lets face it, everyday is a struggle in itself as we try to eat healthy, be active, work hard taking care of the kids, careers, education, and ourselves all while trying to maintain a balanced life. Celebrating doesn’t always involve colorful balloons, glittery decorations, and extravagant food or drinks. Sometimes its just hearing, “Great job today! Lets make tomorrow even better!” before heading to bed.
Congratulations on your success today and lets make tomorrow even better!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013