This post is distinctly not about health and fitness, but in a lot of ways, it’s the best wellness lesson I’ve learned in a long time.
Just about two months ago my husband and I decided to move to Singapore for his job, and a month ago he left to start working there.
For the past month, I’ve been alone in L.A. and I’ll admit it – for the first week or so, I moped a bit. I missed my man. I felt lonely. Nights that used to be full of movies, meals, and cuddles were just…empty.
I mentioned this to a coworker, who looked at me and said: YOLO. And we laughed.
But then I thought about it a bit longer, and I realized something – she was right. So completely right. You only live once. And what is the point of moping around L.A. – the city that has literally witnessed the entirety of my coming-of-age experience – when I could be getting out there, loving on L.A., meeting new people, and just killing it?
Since that moment of realization that my 16 years in L.A. were coming to an end and I had a finite amount of time to see a finite amount of people that I love, I’ve been determined to say “yes” to as many invitations/suggestions as possible – big or small, frivolous or important, old friend or new – and here’s an abbreviated list of where those “yes-es” have already taken me:
- an amazing NIKE women’s event that can only be described as an “exercise rave”
- running the LA Marathon (again, lived here 16 years and AM ALREADY A MARATHON RUNNER so #duh)
- learning how to play the smash hit nerd game Settlers of Catan – and loving it
- going to Dodger Stadium on USC night (also on one of the most beautiful nights of L.A. weather you could imagine)
- running a nighttime 5K along the LA river, followed by outdoor s’mores and free beer
And here’s some upcoming stuff I’ve already committed to in hopes of more YOLO moments:
- running the OC half marathon (new course for me!) with a dear friend
- SoCal beer tasting around some of the most amazing breweries in LA/OC
- attending a friend’s dodgeball team game with actual foam fingers
- hitting up Vegas one last time to see Britney Spears live
- getting my gamble on with some amazing gay bingo in Palm Springs
The excitement and “newness” in my life – magnified by new friends, new experiences, and the generally new attitude of just saying YES has been completely reinvigorating – I’ve been getting less sleep than ever but feeling more energized than I have in years.
It’s wonderful – and at the same time, sad. Why now? Why not every single day? Why did I wait?
I am trying so hard to live in the moment and not think a month ahead to the inevitable goodbye. I am trying to make the “yes” my focus and not consider the consequences. I am living my best life and feeling my most joyful. And I know that I will always have this (albeit short) memory of a time in my life when I was truly, honestly free – and happy.
What are you saying “yes” to right now in your life?