Being a human being can be incredibly difficult these days. Even in your golden years, you are constantly bombarded with endless information about all the things you “should” be doing…exercising, eating right, sleeping enough, spending time outside, not spending too much time on screens, engaging your brain, maintaining all of your relationships, ALL THE THINGS…it’s a lot. It can feel overwhelming. It can be exhausting just to think about.
The good news is, you don’t have to do it all. You are a person of great worth, right now, today. Your family and friends don’t need a superhero version of you with endless energy and loads of impressive accomplishments. They need you, the real you. All of these things we “should” be doing are good things. All of this research on ways to live our best lives is really helpful. I bet you’re even doing many of these good things. But even if you’re not, that’s okay too. Nobody can do everything every day! Doing your best is enough. Sometimes, not doing a single thing is still enough, because REST is just as important as accomplishing things.
Prioritize the things that are most important to you. If exercise makes you feel good (as it does for most people!), awesome, do it! Just don’t set up an expectation that will make you feel like a failure. You don’t have to run a marathon or be able to lift heavy weights. You can just go on a ten minute walk, and that is enough. If you like being outside, go outside. Prioritize the things you love, the things that are important to you. Let everything else go.
What you are doing is enough. Small, incremental changes toward becoming your best self are so much more powerful than you realize. You don’t have to do it all. You’re doing enough.
You are enough.