The end of a year. A time to reflect on our lives and look forward to things in the future.
If you’ve ever seen the musical Rent, the song Season of Love poses an extremely good question:
How do you measure a year?
In daylights? In sunsets? In midnights, in cups of coffee?
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?
With there being 525,600 minutes, 365 days of each year …so how do you make this year different from the next? For those of you who will inevitably post on various social media to “thank god that 2013 is effing over. It was crap! Hoping that 2014 will be much better” … Well, what made it so bad? Are you measuring your year based on bad days at work, the times you were sick, the tragedies of life, or the negative people putting you down? Or are you counting the gallons of coffee that Rent supposedly thinks you should drink and measure your life with?
Some days will always go down in history as exceptionally bad. I get it. Not everything is perfect. But don’t let that one event, one person, one day make your whole year horrible. In the grand scheme of things, that one bad moment may be very insignificant. So make the rest of the other days so happy and so amazing that it makes all the pain worth it.
So when measuring my year, I’ve had a pretty memorable and amazing year. I have a wonderful family and group of friends, and I’ve met pretty incredible people. I’ve challenged myself in many ways, and accomplished things I once thought were impossible. Yes, I also went through some really rough and emotionally bad times. Some lasted for a few days; others lasted for a few weeks. But I’m blessed to have a really amazing group of people in my life who care enough to help and support me through those times.
Looking ahead, I would like 2014 to be filled with with love, laughter, compromise, and trust. I want to train hard, and be with people who constantly inspire me to be the best that I can be, and in turn, inspiring other people too. I want to grow, learn, have fun, make mistakes, experience new things, and enjoy life. I want to be proud of myself, and continue to be a better daughter, friend, and person. I want to tell the people I love that I love them even more.
So here’s to wishing everyone a safe evening, surrounded by those you love. And if not – if you are alone, because yes, life is definitely not equal – may tonight mark the beginning of the end of your bad times and bad year. Know that everyday is a new day, and we have the power to make good things happen. So be strong, be happy, and be safe!
(Note: Day #27 and #28 are scheduled Rest Days. I’m just skipping them because I’ve already taken enough rest days)
The workout is the same from Day #8. Once again, I have replaced the skipping with weighted step ups just to increase the difficulty and intensity.
The workout is the same from Day #12. I kept the skipping this time because the whole workout is focused on Legs and Butt (squats, squats, squats!).