I’m asked all the time about my tattoos.
Everything from Won’t you regret them when your skin sags? (Nah, I await the colorful-droopage) to May I touch?? (that’s typically asked by the under-5 crowd, they don’t really ask and I don’t much mind the exuberant leg rubs).
Since my leg sleeve is most visible it’s the one I’m more frequently asked about.
People either adore it (and point it out to their under-5 *and* leg rubs commence) or they adore Seuss but aren’t tattoo fans.
Either way it makes me smile how Seuss sparks people to reminisce about their childhood.
Each image holds personal meaning (e.g., one is how I explained adoption to the Child when she was small). And, the more I’ve chatted with
others about the books/images I’ve chosen, I’ve learned the same pictures contain entirely different “special meanings” for them.
(I studiously avoid the politics of Seuss conversations although I find that facet of him fascinating, too.)
Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Today we bring inflatable hats to school.
6 things I learned about healthy living from Theodor Geisel:
What I learned: Screw motivation. If we are physically capable of moving our bodies we are, indeed, lucky. No matter how much we wanna whine, lament or moan about how bad we have it–the fact we are ABLE to exercise makes us one of the lucky ones. This book taught me MOJO? SCHMOJO just get out there and START.
What I learned: Use your imagination. Get creative. Things are often not as impossible or challenging as they may seem (or even as boring as they may initially appear). Choose to view life through the lens of where can I fit fitness into my day? This book taught me the lack of validity to the ever prevalent I have no time! whine and reminded me not to listen to those who may scoff at my nontraditional methods.
What I learned: Don’t waste time, energy (or money) worrying about what anyone else is doing! Is “everyone” doing Whole30? Are all your friends training for a marathon when you can’t yet run a mile? WHO CARES! No way is better than any other. Focus on your own belly and care not what others sport on theirs.
What I learned: Embrace fear. When we expose what we fear to the light of day much of the time we see there was nothing to fear in the first place! This applies to all fears. From fear of weight training (what if the people at the gym laugh at me?) to group exercise trepidation (what if I’m not good enough?) When examined most fears are pretty misplaced and, when we give ourselves opportunity to take that first step, conquerable.
What I learned: The importance of committing not quitting—even when things get rough. This book also taught me about service being the rent we pay for living. It reminded me of the importance of helping others when they may not be ready, willing, or able to help themselves. It admonishes us to “sit on their egg for them if need be” and if nothing else you, too, will benefit through getting a fab helpers high.
What I learned: Lots, but what resonated most with me was the notion avoidance doesn’t work. We need to ‘face down our problems‘ as Seuss instructs us. It’s only when we embrace negative emotions we can work through the feelings with minimal destructive behavior. Whether the “problem” is we’ve quit working out or we think we’ve blown our “diet” etc. it’s important to avoid the trap of thinking dark times/challenges will never happen. They will. They happen to all of us. Deviating from what we’d thought was our intended healthy living path and finding our way back *on* is part of the journey.
(gazes down at leg sleeve and decides to celebrate by wearing shorts today)
And that’s it.
The why behind my Seuss sleeve and six powerful ways his books shifted my thoughts on fitness and healthy living.
- Are you celebrating Theodor Geisel’s birthday?
- What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book and why?