Live for Today

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This time last year, I was working in my office job, working for Weight Watchers on Saturdays, and living with Joey. I had just finished a show and had been diagnosed with Crohn’s only a couple of months prior. I was just embarking on a gluten free, dairy free lifestyle and finding my passion for food and nutrition in the process.

It hit me on Saturday how much my life has changed. I find this especially interesting when I go back into the archives of this blog and see that in March of last year I wrote a post called “Everyone who got where he is, began where he was” and it’s amazing to me to see how far I have come in so many ways.

As I walked home from my Weight Watchers meetings I stopped to take in my surroundings and it struck me that I was no longer walking to my old house. For nearly 2 years that Saturday walk has been such a normal part of my routine and this weekend it really hit me that my life has really changed drastically.

I have so many beautiful things to celebrate in my life right now: attending school, working in a job that I love, finishing the run of an amazing show and spending time with amazing friends, both new  and old. SANY3311

Even with all of these blessings, I’ve found myself in a bit of a funk this week and I think it has to do with my break up. Taking that walk to my new house on Saturday put my relationship status into perspective and made me miss Joey. With all the changes in my life of late, I believe I put the grieving of my relationship on hold. I know that it’s okay to feel sad sometimes, so I'm giving myself the opportunity to do that so that I can continue to move forward.

This week at Weight Watchers we’ve been talking about learning from our experience and it’s been wonderful to gain insight into what my members can learn from their past experiences, both good and bad. To close my meetings this week I’ve been quoting Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow” I think this is a good philosophy for life in general and am working to use it as my mantra to get out of this funk. I know that I have conquered many challenges in my life and recognize that my feelings of late are valid and honest. I am being true to myself and as the saying goes “whatever doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger”. Here’s hoping for tomorrow <3

What can you learn from your past experiences? Does seeing your past successes and/or failures as feedback help you in the present moment?


GF Gidget said...

You can ALWAYS learn from the past. Stay strong. Breathe. You will get through this. I am proud of you.

Pure2Raw Twins said...

Great post girl :) Learning from the past to live a better future is great! Though remember to live in the moment is even better ;) There are a lot of things I have learned from my past which makes me a better person today I believe :)

Katie said...

Ashley, reading about your journey and how far you've come is so inspiring. You have encountered many obstacles in life, and your positive attitude is so wonderful and infectious! Thanks for sharing so much with us!

Looking forward to the meeting on Saturday! :)

Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot said...

Don't dwell on your mistakes, learn from them and move on. I know you will:)

Anonymous said...

You're amazing my dear and good for you actually acknowledging and dealing with you feelings. Suppression simply makes everything worse!

Mich (from Saturday 10:30)

Lauren said...

I think that the past makes us who we are. We grow and learn from everything we do. I try not to think in terms of mistakes, because the word has a negative connotation. Its really hard because sometimes I wish I had done things differently, even things I couldn't have controlled.

You are so strong and you have come so far. Remember that, and keep moving forward.

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