Last week, I did something I’d never done before in 18 years of teaching: I asked for someone to teach for me when I wasn’t on vacation or so sick I couldn’t get out of bed. I didn’t feel great and asked for someone to cover for me. It may sound simple, but it was a long-held habit for me to not ask for help.
And as soon as I did, I felt better.
There is a sensation I have when I’ve made a choice in the past that comes back to bite me. It might not be a big thing, it could be as simple as not getting my yoga bag ready the night before or a bigger thing like teaching when I’m sick or an even bigger thing like saying Yes to something I know isn’t right for me. Whatever the choice, I can feel how Past Me wasn’t looking out for Future Me.
Lately, when I’m making choices, I think about them like a friendship between Now Me and Future Me.
In the moment, especially if I’m tired or stressed, making the easy, habitual choice can feel like the right thing to do. Put off the task I don’t like to do. Get take out instead of cooking something healthy. Skip exercise.
When I imagine myself taking care of Future Me, it can feel more easeful to stand up and invest in her.
This week, notice what your relationship is with Future You. What can you choose to make life more fun for her?