This month’s post is not about one specific magazine or one specific article. Instead, it’s kind of a mashup of things that I’ve started to realize during the time that I’ve participating in this linkup.
I’m not a runner.
I want to be. I have a subscription to a running magazine, have started and attempted Couch to 5K more times than I can count, and tell Will every year during Nashville’s big marathon that I’m going to do it next year.
But guess what? I haven’t done it. I read the running magazine and never do any of the workouts. I download the C25K app on my phone, press through a couple of weeks, and then abandon it.
I’m also probably never going to be super crafty or a big DIYer.
Sometimes I feel like I can barely manage to put on clothes that fit, pack a lunch, and get out the door. I can’t imagine throwing a complicated craft or DIY project on top of that. I’ll put this idea to the side because maybe when Char is a little bigger it could be something I revisit. Who knows? She may be a master at those types of things and help me learn how to do them.
Let’s also just go ahead and stick a pin in my dreams of cooking every night.
Will does most of the cooking on the nights he’s home, and my mom feeds me the other nights. Every once in a while, I’ll get an idea that I want to make something (homemade brownies!), but then I’ll get all of the ingredients out and let them sit on the kitchen counter for a few days before I realize that the counter is so cluttered, I don’t have a place to set anything down on. This situation is purely hypothetical, of course.
So, what do all of these realizations have to do with magazines? Quite a bit, actually. On most occasions, when I get ready to write this post, I go through the library’s website and check out a ton of different magazines, including running ones, crafting ones, DIY ones, and elaborate cooking ones. I’ll flip through them, and sometimes something will inspire me. I think I’ve even written about running in this very series! Moving forward, this is not the way I’m going to approach these posts…or anything I want inspiration from, like Pinterest, blogs, etc.
I know what the hobbies I like and want to pursue – writing, reading, lifting weights (when I prioritize it, anyway) – so why do I keep trying to force myself to do other things? Sure, it’s great to learn new things from magazines, like a hairstyle that I probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own, but it’s time to quit trying to make myself do things that I don’t want to.
I’m just not a runner. And that’s okay.