Ever heard the good old saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? Well whoever came up with that had a good point. The other day I wrote all about refresh/reset. It was basically about finding things in our lives that recharge our battery, that feed our souls, and make us basically ‘tick’. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and it has led to some wonderful conversations with a few good friends. What I realized through these conversation is how incredibly important it is to “not put all your eggs in one basket”... go figure...but, it’s limiting, and can lead to disaster. It limits our ability to recharge, to be happy, to feel fulfilled and satisfied.
Here is an example. What happens if EVERYTHING that is in your list of ‘go to’s’ for battery recharging is physical and requires your body to function properly, and then you suffer from some type of injury and become incapable of physical performance for whatever amount of time. If ALL you know for recharging is physical and then you can’t do it anymore - you feel like everything you have is taken from you and you are left feeling lost or empty. I know this first hand... Exercise is my life... It is my career, my passion, my love. It fills me up. No matter how I feel, I always feel exponentially better after an amazing workout. I also love snowboarding... it’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world to shred down a mountain. Well, when I hurt myself and I couldn’t do either of these activities, I was left feeling so helpless and lost. I had NO idea what to do with myself to distress, to unwind, to feel satisfied, whole, complete, or even worthy. I see this happen with a lot of fitness enthusiasts.. They become so wildly passionate about what they are doing around fitness, that it becomes their focal point for happiness and completion...only left feeling lost when faced with an injury and/ or physical limitation, wondering, “now what?”
I know that the first time I got hurt and was extremely limited with the level of physical activity I was able to engage in, it allowed me an opportunity to really sit back and assess other things I could do to feel fulfilled and refreshed. It forced me to learn new things about myself, find new interests, and discover hidden talents. It was actually an amazing experience, and many wonderful things came from it. However, despite all of this, I found myself quickly jumping back into ONE basket as soon as my body allowed me, only then to find myself right back at square one with the next injury and set back. This is why I truly believe the importance of not limiting ourselves at all, and no matter how much we love one thing, the value in finding many ways to express ourselves and feed our soul. As Vincent Price says, “A man who limits his interests, limits his life.” Wise man <3