Today was one of those ridiculous days that people who have a regular, steady office job can rarely believe or understand. But it was the kind of day that entrepreneurs, freelancers, and people who are stitching together a living from several jobs know all too well. We cobble together jobs and meetings that often don’t fit into a neat schedule. We may not have a regular place of business to go, so our car becomes our office/dressing room/restaurant. For me, today was a 14hr. day. What was particularly frustrating was that I had large chunks of time between things, but not enough time to go home. I ended up getting out to a music job on Long Island almost 3 hours early!
What to do with that time…. I could have gone shopping. I could have spent a lot of time at Starbucks.
Instead, I drove around and found the beautiful Sand Point Preserve. Formerly the estate of Daniel & Florence Guggenheim, the Preserve sits overlooking the Long Island Sound. For a mere $5 entrance fee, I enjoyed the views and some lovely walking trails winding through woods and along the beach. I had to carry my viola with me (insurance doesn’t cover anything if it’s left in a car!), and I wasn’t really wearing the most sensible shoes. I’m sure I looked rather odd walking through the woods in my skirt with a viola on my back. I didn’t care; it was the only chance for a little exercise today or tomorrow. It may not have been perfect – I would have liked a longer, harder workout, with proper shoes – but I made a choice to take what I could get. And I was richly rewarded.
It was just a choice. I chose to walk for a couple of miles in the wrong clothes because I could.
A healthier lifestyle is simply a matter of choice. We have opportunities every day to make better choices. We may not have the perfect choice, but we always have a better choice. Make that better choice today (and I hope you find something delightful like I did).