“That’s just who I am, and I have made peace with that.” I could not help to eavesdrop on the conversation going on next to me. The gist of the whole thing was that the man speaking those words had come to grips with himself, more specifically, with his weight and whatever other dynamics that go along with being a large person. I struggle with that statement every time I hear it.
There’s something good and even healthy in realizing who you are, and as the Bible says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Understanding that God created us uniquely and for a purpose is a great place to be psychologically because culture tries hard to define for us whom we should emulate, how we should look and act. It’s comforting hearing from people who do not buy into all of that.
But there’s a darker side of that statement that I cannot help but consider, specially coming from someone who could benefit from losing weight even if done so for health reasons alone. There’s this nagging feeling that it’s easy to settle for the status quo than to pay the price and fight to get to a better place. I wrestle with it constantly. I must confess I have a tendency to go overboard with everything I do, so I’m aware I can be overzealous about personal goals, specially when it comes to health and fitness.
I have decided that I need to become the best me I can be. I know what that means for me, or at least I’m trying to figure it out. I have no idea of that means for you, and I will not impose my own personal goals on you, on my family, or friends. I must confess, I have done that in the past with no success, instead, I frustrated and hurt the people whom I love.
But I still believe that tomorrow can be better than today. Call me naive, but I do. I believe that I can grow, learn, train, lose weight, and get stronger even when most people would label me as being past my prime. The way I see it, if I shoot for the stars and only get to the moon, I will be further than I have ever been.
How do you handle the tension of becoming your best and being content with who and where you are?