2.5 years ago Pete signed me up for motorcycle class. It was actually my Valentine's gift and a lovely one at that. In the weeks leading up to it I tried to figure out ways to get out of it, but still get my motorcycle endorsement for my drivers license. The week came and I hadn't thought of anything so I went to the first class. It was ok. I was nervous (as with any new situation), a loner and stayed to myself. Thankfully there were no group projects...at least none that I remember.
The second night of class was great. I was a bit more confident and proud of myself for completing the book work. Hell, I could just get my endorsement, right? Nope. Still had to do the actual learning how to ride a motorcycle and pass the road test. Saturday brought sun, but cold. I dressed warm and as I was leaving, I admitted to Pete that I was more nervous to do this class than I was to get married. I don't know if that means I have no fears of marriage with Pete or if I was just terrified of learning to ride. Either one, he sent me out the door to my class.
I got there and learned that I wasn't the only one who had NEVER ridden. I started in and actually ended up doing very well. Out of the 15 people, I was the highest scoring woman and I score higher than some of the guys. A few of them came up to me during class and told me that I made it look easy. After I picked my bottom jaw up off the wet pavement, I smiled and thanked them. On the inside I was screaming, "IF YOU ONLY KNEW!"
Why am I telling you all this? Well I rode my motorcycle last night. After Pete and I ate dinner I had a narrow turn around to get off the cement (where kickstands don't melt into as they do on blacktop) and onto the service road. When that happens I remind myself "Look where you want to go, not where you are."
Look where you want to go, not where you are.
Light bulb moment. Yes, I remember that I need to take this day by day. I remember that I need to focus on the here and now and not worry so much about what will happen in the future. However, I need to look where I want to be each day. Instead of lamenting the fact that I have gained 10 pounds in the last couple of months, I need to focus on what I can accomplish my the end of today to reach that lofty goal of additional weight loss. Exercise, healthy food choices and portions, more water, better sleep and whatever else I figure out.
It seems so simple, but yet it took me a while to realize this.