Buffy the Vampire Slayer and cookies. What do these two have in common?
Other than the scene where Buffy describes herself as unbaked cookie dough, Buffy and cookies are my motivation when I run. It’s silly (I know) but sometimes, you need to fill your life with bad asses, like Ms. Summers. Buffy is strong and tough. When I don’t feel like running, I ask myself, what would Buffy do (WWBD)? Buffy has to stay fit in order to slay vampires and demons so of course, she would go for a run. When I’m in slayer mode with my sneakers pounding the pavement, it’s cookies I think about. I tell myself that I can eat the entire sleeve of frozen Thin Mints when I get home. Images of their chocolate goodness dance in my head. But by the time I get home, I’m filled with so much positive energy that the idea of sugar sounds too much for me to handle (no need to get crazy).
Exercise aside, motivation is a fleeting concept for me. Take this blog, for example. There are times where I have to force myself to log on to WordPress and type. A good chunk of the time, I have no idea what I’m going to write about- I tell myself, don’t write this crap. Let’s take a nap instead. I feel that way about a lot of things- see me when I first wake up. If my cat wasn’t pawing at me for breakfast, I would spend all day in bed.
So, what gets me up in the morning? For most of my twenties, it was my paycheck- a girl has got to eat! But as I’ve gotten older, work wasn’t given me that sustaining feeling. Although I loved most of my jobs, they were no longer the things I lived for. When I started dating, my partners were. But that has changed the older I’ve become. I’m a firm believer that you can’t put all your emotional needs in a basket when it comes to relationships, Although my boyfriend makes me insanely happy, no one should depend on their partner for all their happiness. What does that leave you with?
At the end of the day, you only have you. Sure, loved ones can be motivating. The actress saying inspiring things in the magazine can be motivating. There are books and lectures. Even destructive habits like comparing yourself to others can be motivating. But you are the person who needs to get up and take action. You are that one individual who can make that change or do that task. So, get off your chair and get moving.
How do you motivate yourself, dear reader?