I’m not going to lie. I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. And one of my favorite things about fall is that in the U.S. we get to “fall back”. We set our clocks back one hour. As I mentioned last year, this can be a terrific time to start a morning practice that you’ve always wanted to start. In particular, I mentioned that falling back allows you to get up at the “same time” (sort of) as you did before, while starting your day an “hour earlier” (sort of). Naturally it’s harder to get to bed on time as well. But spring forward is a topic for another day–several months from now. And last year I suggested the week that we “fall back” is the best week all year to start an exercise program.
This year, I’ve learned that isn’t necessarily true. Since I’m still recovering from illness and injury, this week would be a terrible time for me to start a new exercise program. And thus, I have to admit, my statement last year was naive and not all that inclusive. It’s sad that life had to literally kick me in the pants to learn that, but so be it. I’m sorry that I made such a sweeping, ablest statement.
But I still would like to mark this special time of year, when basking in the glow of whatever Halloween candy is still left, we get to turn back time.
So this year, in honor of the RASCAL challenge, I’d like to invite you to “fall back” in love with yourself. Maybe it would be fun for you to take a little time this Sunday to remember just what is so incredibly awesome about you. And maybe you could reward that awesomeness with some little act of self care of kindness or love. Maybe it could even be a RADICAL Act of Self Care And Love. It’s too late to join the RASCAL challenge for this year, but I’d like to invite you to take a look at the list just to get inspired. There’s a list of over 100 things on there that you can do to take care of you. Or you could come up with something of your very own. Or not. Every BODY and every life is different.
This year, I’ve made a new and different commitment. As I fall back, I will make a special effort to fall back in love with me, take me out on a date, and cherish and care for me in some special way. I’m not entirely sure what it will be yet. But I have a feeling, it’s gonna be awesome.
Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)