Getting Out of My Own Way

You know when you’re in someone’s way and they push you aside or step around you to continue on their path? What happens when we get in our own way?

If you think you can’t get in your own way, you’re wrong. I get in my own way all the time. Just a few examples:

  • I’m gonna get up early and do a workout but I sleep in thinking I’ll do it later. Then work happens, and meetings get scheduled and I spend the entire day not getting a workout. Why? Because I got in my own way.
  • I’m gonna stretch that hip before bedtime and stand up more often at work so it doesn’t continue to bug me, but I forget or I get busy and that damned hip pain comes back and I am reminded that I got in my own way.
  • I’m gonna get to knitting club to keep my stress levels down and have a little chatty fun but decide that if I could just work for a few hours that tomorrow will go better. I work, tomorrow goes the way it was going to go anyway and I’ve lost my opportunity to destress. I got in my own way.

Call it what you will, but I am owning this thing I do. I am owning the fact that my working like I do has put me in the hospital and in pain this summer. I am owning that this thing I do is getting in my own way.

Emily does not have this problem. She doesn’t get in anyone’s way of a good nap in the afternoon with the breezes softly blowing and mama’s knitting all around her.

Emily has no stress

So, this afternoon I am going to take a walk and then head out to my lawn chair with a margarita and a book. I’m getting out of my own way. I am owning the fact that I have to stop working. I have to get rest. I have to take breaks.

Oh look, here’s my margarita.

De-stress margarita



fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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