Losing something that means a lot to us sucks, big time. Losing something that we never thought we’ll ever lose sucks even more.
Here’s what happened.
On an eight hour flight to Singapore two days ago, someone stole my 4 month old iPhone. I went into the lavatory with it (I know… silly me) and somehow mindlessly forgot to take it out with me, when I left my iPhone on the countertop. Fifteen minutes later, back in my seat, I realised I didn’t have the phone with me. Upon walking back to look for it, it’s gone. Forever. Poof.
The funny thing? It wasn’t even a full flight. I literally had rows of seats beside and behind me empty and the cabin was probably only 60% full. Announcements after announcements, no one handed it in.
Frustrated? A little bit.
Disbelief? More like it.
Knowing that there are still people around me who are dishonest and untrustworthy made me insanely annoyed.
Now if you’re thinking that this is going to be a 2000-word post about all the lessons I’ve learned behind losing my phone, I’ll be honest with you and say that it’s not. Yes, I was planning to pump out an article on the flight and talk about life, health and fitness until I lost my phone and it felt horrible. Now all I have is a missing iPhone that meant a lot to me, no Thursday article and a messed up plan to regularly stick to my blog posting schedule.
I’m here to tell you that shit happens. And it happens to the best of us. I’m sure there are lessons behind this, but for today, I won’t touch base on that.
Now losing my phone is one thing, but the events that came after that is another. For the first time since I started writing consistently, I don’t have a big post on Thursday. I can blame it on my scatter-brain, my sadness and frustration and whatever. Excuses, I know. But you know what? Life gets in the way and not everything will work as planned no matter how solid our plans are. It isn’t about effort. It’s about sitting there trying to get ideas out of my brain for a post but nothing good comes out because my mind says no. And I’d rather post nothing at all instead of posting something not worth the read.
Now how does this relate to fitness, nutrition and self-improvement?
We are humans. We’re not even close to perfect and life happens.
So you were fit and healthy three years ago and then you twisted your ankle in a basketball game leading to a loss of motivation and a whole heap of weight gained. Maybe you ate like a pig last Sunday. Or you skipped a workout because your 2-year old niece is in town and you don’t want to miss this chance of spending time with her. Honestly who cares? It happens to the best of us — failure, losing a material possession, a loved one or even your hard earned motivation. Do not beat yourself up for it.
I’m doing my best to deal with this. I’m surrounded by great friends that makes me happy. I might get a new phone or a refurbished one. Or even borrow someone’s old phone. If you’ve missed a workout, lost your motivation all too suddenly, and chose to do something else because it makes you happier, go do it. We’re all humans. You’re not alone. And it’s definitely okay to grief.
Just don’t make it a habit and live with it. I’m not planning to cry my heart out for years just because I lost an iPhone. Heck no. So I’ll see you on Monday with a regularly scheduled post that can help you live an awesome life in fitness, health and self-improvement for sure.
It’s your turn now. Have you lost something so dear to you? What did you do to get over it? Did it mess up with any of your plans?
Thank you for listening. You are all awesome in my eyes.
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