I used to have a hard time living in the present. I wouldn’t harp on the past, but instead, I’d constantly be looking forward to something in the future. I don’t think there is anything wrong with looking forward to upcoming events, but I used to almost miss out on life because I was too busy looking forward to the next fun thing.
I think a big part of being able to live in the present is to be satisfied with the ordinary. When I was thinking about something to write tonight, I was sort of struck at how ordinary a day it had been. Just an ordinary Tuesday in February. And then I realized that I was perfectly happy with it being an ordinary Tuesday in February. Sure, I wish it was Friday and sure, I wish it was March or April because I’m sick of the winter but all the ordinary moments are what makes up my life, for the most part, so I’m pretty lucky that I can enjoy them.
So what’s an ordinary day for me?
I get up and get ready for work. I have to be there at 8:30 so I leave at 8:10. I usually work until about 12:30 and then I leave for an hour. I like to get out of the building. Sometimes I go to the gym, but today I did errands. Specifically, I got my eyebrows waxed and picked up some paint testers. After trying six different colors of green on the wall, we finally have settled on one. It’s the second from the right, although it may look different on your screen.
After I get off work at 5:30, I usually go to the gym if I haven’t at lunch. Today I ran an easy 3 miles at 5.7mph. I wanted to run slowly since I have a 5 mile tempo run on tap for tomorrow.
After the gym, I come home, shower and make dinner. Dinner wasn’t anything special either. Just a stir-fry with a side of quinoa. I used pre-cut Asian vegetables from Trader Joe’s and made a sauce out of 1/2 cup veggie broth, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil and 1 tsp cornstarch.
After dinner, I hang out with my guys – Jason and Murphy. Just an ordinary day in February and I wouldn’t have it any differently.
Oh, and it’s my 3 year blog anniversary! Can you believe that I’ve been blogging at In My Tummy for 3 years?! I guess I have a lot to say.