“Dear Old Me” A break-up letter
As we move into 2018, it’s a great time for reflection, maybe even a break-up. On the advice of my coach, I wrote this break up letter to “Old Me”. This was a very thought-provoking exercise. There is real strength in vulnerability.
Dear Old Me:
As I look back over the last decade, wow, we’ve had some good times, haven’t we? All those wings and pizza? Yeah, I used to think you were a blast. You sure could devastate a buffet! Hah! It was almost funny watching the staff at the buffet sweat a little, as I’d go back for a 4th plate. I used to be proud of my gargantuan appetite. “If food is going to waste, it might as well be my waist” I’d think.
But, man, I trained like a monster. So I could mitigate some of the damage I was doing. And hey, young metabolism right … But then, some injuries, some traumas, some hard times, they all started to sap my training intensity. But they did the opposite to my appetite. I started using food for something other than nourishment. I used it to medicate feelings, emotions, because it was the easy option.
I didn’t like who I was becoming. I didn’t like how I was letting my potential go to waste. So, you may have noticed this last year, I’ve been making changes. A lot of them. Not everybody sees it, but that’s ok, because I’m doing this for me, my health, my amazing future. And as it turns out, the “easy way out”, it’s only easy for the first bit. I didn’t know how hard it was going to become “taking the easy way”.
So, Old Me, I think we need to spend some time apart. You’re just not that fun. I’ve been seeing other people … healthy people. People who inspire me to be better.
I used to think that I couldn’t be myself without you. Now I know I can be better. I’m not taking the easy way anymore. I’m taking the better way, and man, the views are incredible.
So, Old Me, you can go ahead and carry on down the easy way. Maybe while your at it, you can just hang on to those bad attitudes too, I don’t actually need them anymore,
You might even find it helpful to do this exercise yourself. You don’t have to make it public, but you’d be amazed at the support that comes your way when you decide to be vulnerable and share your struggles. You just might inspire someone else, and like a pebble thrown on calm water … one small thing can have a significant influence.