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Today Is Going To Be The Best Day Of Your Life

posted by Heather April 9, 2020 13 Comments

Ever since the kids were little, I’ve always woken them up by saying with the absolute most amount of drama and excitement I’m able to muster at an early hour, “Guess what!?! Did you hear!?! TODAY is going to be the best day of your entire life!”

It’s actually a great way to wake up. You’re still so foggy and vulnerable that you could be told, basically, anything and would believe it.

And, while the message behind it is so genuinely wonderful, I sometimes think it sets even me off on a road to disappointment. Because, the intended message is that every day we wake up is an exciting opportunity to start fresh, take advantage of your own unique potential, and discover a greatness in yourself that you’ve never even known to exist. 

However, that message can easily be confused with an expectation that everything is going to just arrive perfectly on your doorstep all day. People will have gotten the memo and your family will start cleaning up after themselves, you’ll feel like a sexy, fit, and supple leopard during your workout, and you will start craving kale and cod liver oil instead of tortilla chips and wine.

That, my friend, is exactly what it sounds like: a completely unrealistic dream that has no chance of coming true in the real world. Heading into your day with that kind of expectation is like the emotional equivalent to starting your day with a cigarette and a shot of whiskey. You’re setting yourself up for failure.

We know our neighbor is going to say something totally negative and closed minded. We know our family member is going to make judgements about the way we run our household or how we are raising our kids. And, we know our bodies are going to feel like dog shit until we spend 35 minutes warming up for a 10 minute workout.

How you internalize and how you handle these adversities determines whether today will be your day or not. Will you hit the pause button, take a deep breath, and quickly dig deep for your patience with people…or, will you react impulsively, say whatever those emotions pull out of your mouth, and assume they were in the wrong instead of finding your role in the matter?

Greatness has never just ended up in anyone’s lap. You carve out your own path. Just remember you must walk through some rain to find your rainbow.

13 Comments

Jen Visco (Tilt Waltham) April 9, 2020 at 7:42 am

Hi Heather,
Hope you and the family are well! I really enjoy reading your posts, they are so down to earth, thoughtful and mindful!

I saw the pics and NEED to know where r the tacos/take-out from? I need some fish tacos in my life right now!

Be well

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Heather April 9, 2020 at 10:46 am

Hello, Jen! You’re right in Waltham! Awesome! Thanks for reading here, and for the record I feel like my head is permanently in the clouds…so, it’s nice to hear that someone thinks is slightly more grounded on our planet 😉

OK, call Buttercup in Natick Center IMMEDIATELY. The BEST fish tacos ever. We always ask for them to be grilled/sautéed instead of battered and fried. They also offer corn or flour tortillas. Either way, you really can’t go wrong. And, one of my dearest friends owns the restaurant, Dora (and, her husband, Gabriel, who is the head chef and one of our members). I’m sure Max goes there regularly! Enjoy!

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Jen Visco April 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

Thank you Heather!
I love Buttercup! I didn’t know they were doing take-out! I will definitely get an order in soon!
We live in Wellesley right near the wellesley college golf course-so Buttercup is super convenient!
This conversation is also reminding me that I need to get my paleo power meal standard order to them!!
Be well,
Jen

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Jen Visco (Waltham Tilt) April 9, 2020 at 7:45 am

Hi Heather,
Hope you and the family are well! I really enjoy reading your posts, they are so down to earth, thoughtful and mindful!

I saw the pics and NEED to know where r the tacos/take-out from? I need some fish tacos in my life right now!

Be well

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meriel April 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

Always been nervous to write here but this post really struck a chord so much I just wanted to say how much I LOVE your writing and how inspirational you are to me. I have suffered with anorexia for 24 years and although I am a functioning anorexic and train like crazy and am still trying to find the righ help……seriously reading your blog helps me so much and ALWAYS makes me smile. The photos are just a joy to look at and I totally understand your words when you mention OCD and the odd bit of worry or anxiety.
Thank you for all your writing, be safe at this time and I should just mention that I listen to every one of Bens podcasts/you tube videos….most of them while riding my turb trainer at 5am here in the UK ha ha.
Take care
Meriel xoxo

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Heather April 9, 2020 at 10:50 am

Muriel! I LOVVVE THISSS. Thank you for reading, but more importantly, thank you for sharing and being so vulnerable. That is how we all connect and share this crazy life together. Keep up all of that hard, focused work on caring for yourself. I feel your struggle, girl. Keep seeking out what works for you in all of your different stages of life, because our needs change more than we are willing to recognize sometimes. I’ve found that what I once closed off my heart and mind to in the past, has since opened and been a place of healing. Good luck with it all, girl. And, keep in touch 🙂

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