Can’t stop, won’t stop

Gather round. We need to talk.

I’ll just get into it: LIFE IS LIFE-ING!

As you might have read in some of my blog posts, I have been trying to learn how to rest and actively recover for a year and a half. Yes, a year and a half! I used to think that one day, you get to the point where you “make it” or “arrive.” Like, maybe you just had to work until a certain point, and then you could get your Lupe Fiasco on and kick, push, kick, push – COAST.

Somewhere between reading articles, trying to fit in my morning walk, and trying to be present with my friends, I found myself wondering: where and when is my coasting era?!

Don’t get me wrong, on this journey, I have picked up some good habits to manage my health, stress, productivity, and performance. The lesson was learned, all is well, and it makes for a great kumbaya happy ending. But here’s the thing: it doesn’t end.

Not only does it not end – it’s the beginning!
Learning what I’m about to share with you is where I got HUMBLED.

Those good habits got me to a stable and peaceful place. Now, I have to keep doing them to maintain, and I might even need to adapt and adopt others.

It’s like laying bricks – and we’re not playing Jenga.

Although things are running more smoothly because of having the right people on my team, the right projects on my plate, and the right tools in place, I’ve still got to be out here doing the work.


And this is what I believe The Bible was referencing when Paul’s homie Luke wrote, “…Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required..” (Luke 12:48)

Luke, next time, just @ me, bruh.

Although this is laced with sarcasm, I’m being so honest in hopes that you may look at your own life and reflect.

We are all different, so the habits that work for me may not work for you, and the habits that work for us in one season may need to change the next.

Maybe you need a care team that includes a physical therapist, a counselor, and a personal trainer. Or maybe this could be a commitment to daily reading, moving your body, meal prepping twice a week, and meeting up with friends on a regular basis. This could be free tutoring on your college campus, checking in with a mentor on a regular basis, and having a study buddy in those challenging classes.

I don’t know what your “good habits” look like. I just know that you can’t stop if they have become the foundation to helping you be your best self.

I encourage you to take the time to identify the areas you need to grow in and what that support can look like. There are so many habits you can implement to improve your life. The key is becoming more self-aware and being open to what is needed to both maintain and grow.

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