When you see someone who has it all together, as you seem to fall endlessly into the abyss, do you ever wish you could trade lives? For a day? A month? Longer? I do. It usually occurs right around the time I can no longer fit in my skinny jeans. My gauge for when life has gotten completely out of control. Like so many of us, food brings me joy. Seriously, PURE joy! This isn’t a bad thing, for those with self awareness and control. However, I am not that person.
When shit gets crazy, sex and food are my “happy pills”.
Thankfully, my fear of catching a deadly disease pretty much keeps my libido in check. On the flip side, I only have a muffin top to keep my food intake in check. Sadly, it usually reaches the point that the muffin “top” could fill another tin before I take notice. The last time I attempted to put my skinny jeans on, I swear I heard them scream, “NOOOO! For the love of God woman! Put the fluffy, warm, delicious Krispy Kreme ‘HOT NOW’ doughnut down, take 30 minutes for YOURSELF and go for a walk instead. I’M DYING HERE!!!”
Mmm… MUFFINS!!! Poor jeans. Don’t you feel bad for them? NO, of course not! Instead you are probably saying what most rational humans would say, “Woman! If you want to overcome your spillage issue just take one small step in the direction you want to go. That’s it!!!” Trust me, from a psychological standpoint, I get it. Typically, it is much easier for humans to grasp and achieve things in baby bites (errrrr, “steps”, sorry); but then there are people like me. People who understand the psychology behind “small steps” and naturally respond with “FUCK you. You’re not going to Jedi mind-trick me into ANYTHING!” EVEN IF it is beneficial. Some might call our behavior “self sabotage”, “detrimental”, even “rebellious”…all of which may be true. However, the point is not to label it. The point is to get past it. But how?
How does a person who fully comprehends the “butterfly effect” of EVERY decision, and is often crippled by said effect, even begin to “just take one small step.“? My theory: You don’t.
Instead, you go all-in and decide to trade lives with someone for a month. Seriously, pick your “ideal person” and trade. Be realistic when choosing your ideal person please… no freaking Kardashian BS here. The whole point of this is to become a BETTER version of YOU. To become a better human, which is why my life swap is with “Little Miss. Zentopia”. She’s AH-MAZING!!!
Little Miss. Zentopia is THE ideal consciously aware, mindful woman. She understands how important it is to take care of her mind through yoga, her body through exercise, her spirit through art and her soul through meditation. While I merely dabble with all of these things, she fully understands the value of consistency with these practices; something I am absolutely dreadful at. For real, I can think of nothing that I do consistently, not even sleep. Which, I tell myself, is both a blessing and a curse because “HEY! I’m adaptable!” but that also means “HEY! I get nothing done!” SO, it’s time to try something new, something like Little Miss. Zentopia’s CONSISTENT, loving and mindful life.