Those closest to me know that my favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. He’s got a fantastic way of making me laugh out loud in one paragraph and contemplate the meaning of life in the next. His works have been so influential on my life that I even named a cat of mine Kilgore Trout, Vonnegut’s alter ego in several of his works.
Anyway, I have been thinking about a quote of his lately: “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” This statement hits me like a ton of bricks every time it comes to mind. I think to myself, What little things am I enjoying? What little things am I not taking the time to enjoy? I will say that I know that I cherish every second I have in front of a spin class. I cannot count how many times I have gotten chills from the energy created in that room—and I’m not talking about the watts y’all put on the board. Watching people push themselves beyond what they think they are capable of is one of the most invigorating experiences I have ever had. And I’m lucky enough to experience it several times a week!Actually, the idea of enjoying the little things is exactly why we created the idea of Family Fitness, where kids and parents can do fun workouts together. Besides sitting around the dinner table together, being active with their families is what kids cherish most about their childhoods. Think about it. I’m guessing you remember playing catch with a parent or playing hopscotch with your sibling. I’m guessing watching television with your family isn’t as clear of a memory, or at least not a meaningful one.
My challenge for you this week is to press the pause button at some point each day to think about little, meaningful moments that occurred. It doesn’t have to be something you experienced with a family member; it could be with a colleague, with a stranger, or simply with yourself. When you’re at the studio, for example, notice and appreciate when you feel your legs getting stronger on the spin bike or when you’re able to do a pike for the first time in the TRX.
Enjoy yourself. Enjoy those tiny, beautiful moments in your life. And, as always, try to be present, absorbing as much fulfillment as you possibly can from the seemingly ineffectual happenings around you. You never know what they’ll signify to your future self.