All my life I’ve had trouble finding balance. Like anyone, there are many important areas in my life that demand my focus – my work, my health, my family, my friends, hobbies. I’ve realized that the times I am most happy in my life are the times I have felt the most balanced. Unfortunately, a lot of my life has been lived quite unbalanced. I used to spend way too much time on my school work, studying during every free hour during my week, including late into the evening and most of my weekends. Which meant there was little time left for my friends, my family, and equally important: myself. There was also a time where I was exercising quite intensely on a daily basis, but not fueling myself with enough good food. My body was exhausted and had nothing left to give by the end of the day. At other times in my life I was not exercising enough and eating too much of the not-so-good stuff (read: sugar) which also left me empty and drained at the end of the day. There are times now when I am not writing enough, not taking enough time for myself, eating too much or too little, not spending enough time with friends, watching too much TV, not focusing on my family as much as I should, investing too much energy or not enough into my work, not exercising regularly.
Staying balanced is hard work. Especially when you’ve lived a life that’s been pretty disproportionate in the past. Sometimes life literally feels like a balancing act, where a week that goes by when I was able to exercise 4 or 5 times, meet with a couple friends, refrain from a sugar binge, have my lesson planning done by 4pm each day, and build some family memories is nothing short of a miracle. Nonetheless, I am thankful that I can now see the imbalance that has existed in my life in the past. I’m hopeful that I’ll be more sensitive to the times when things start to get lopsided and take the steps needed to find harmony again.
Is finding balance in your life something you struggle with as well? What are the areas that usually get too much (or too little) attention? What helps you restore balance when things have become uneven?