Shadows of My Former Self
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I love getting up early to walk 6 days a week. My walks normally start around 4:30ish - even on Saturdays. There's just something about heading out while I can still see the stars and moonlight on a clear morning, but yet hear the birds who are already awake cheering me on! But one of the things I love most about walking at this time is seeing my shadow in the street lights. That probably sounds a bit crazy, but this is why I enjoy it. I love the moments when you pass right under a light and I see the short, fat shadow that is right beside me. That's a shadow I've lived with for over 20 years. But what is great is that while I'm working hard, walking briskly and moving out from under the light, the shadow consistently grows - long and thin. When I see that, I smile, because I know that's the future me I'm seeing and I'm walking right towards it. When I look to my side, that short, fat shadow just isn't there anymore! But of course, a long walk, just like changing to live a healthy lifestyle, is a journey. There are many more lights, many more of the short shadows, but with every light - there's that long, thin shadow that I'm walking towards. I can handle the brief moments when the fat shadow is back, because I know where I'm heading and I keep my eyes forward and ignore the side track!
It's amazing how the little things like this can really encourage us, but all of us on this journey need to keep our eyes forward, looking towards the healthy, fit person we are all becoming and leaving that unhealthy, unfit person in the dust. On the really rare occasions that I walk when it is getting light, I miss my little shadow games, but never miss out on the opportunity to know that the old lifestyle is just a shadow of my past!