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Coasting Downhill January 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

It’s great when we reach the point that we can say with confidence: “Who I am is who I want to be.”

Then we can coast downhill to the finish line.


Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - January 9, 2015

It’s so much easier than peddling up those hills. 🙂

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Yes! Some people think I moved to Florida to stay warm . . . but really it’s because cycling is easier on a pancake landscape. 😛

Jill Weatherholt - January 9, 2015

Ah yes…Florida is flat. 🙂

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Minor fluctuations and undulations . . . but nothing like the Blue Ridge or Green Mountains. Or the ROCKIES!

2. Crowing Crone - January 9, 2015

I’ve always wondered why some think being over the hill is a bad thing because…yeah…downhill is so much easier than up!

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

If we’re focused on mindset, being “over the hill” gives us a better vantage point and a more balanced perspective.

From a physical perspective, I’d choose “37” . . . and stay there.

3. Val Boyko - January 9, 2015

Yes indeed Nancy!!!

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

When we are comfortable in our own skin, we more easily shrug off the opinions of others with respect to how we should live our lives. We stop using an external yardstick to measure our worth to the world.

Jealousy and envy of others falls to the wayside because we know that we would not step wholesale into anyone else’s shoes. Not if it meant leaving our own behind.

Instead of looking to others for guidance on what to be, say, think, and do, we look within and develop the “best” of our unique talents, skills, and abilities.

We realize the goal of life is not to be better than anyone else.

With increased self-acceptance, we are able to say, with confidence and conviction, Who I Am . . . Is Who I Want To Be.

4. Grannymar - January 9, 2015

Yep, I am with you on this, Nancy.

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Often, the goals and resolutions and intentions we set for ourselves stem from lack of self-acceptance:

* We are not good enough “as is.”
* We have flaws to eradicate and eliminate.
* We desire to become “new and improved.”

Sometimes the best goal/ resolution/ intention is to embrace ourselves as we are.

Others may be better writers, singers, painters, songwriters, guitarists, bloggers, cooks, gardeners, conversationalists, thinkers, philosophers, housekeepers, runners, weight-lifters, mechanics, piano players, aunts, sisters, daughters, and wives.

But no one is better at being ME than ME.

Yolanda M. - January 10, 2015

so true 🙂 thank you for sharing your wisdom Nancy.

nrhatch - January 10, 2015

Thanks, Yolanda! Hope you’re able to do some coasting this weekend . . . WHEEE!!!

5. Pix Under the Oaks - January 9, 2015

Yep, I want to coast downhill. At 63 I better be pretty comfortable with who I am. I may need some tweaking but “me” works.

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

WHEEEEE!!! Accepting ourselves as and where we are allows us to wake each morning determined to enjoy the day.

We don’t hang on to yesterday’s junk (disappointments, anger, or sadness). Nor worry about reaching some elusive future destination “down the road.”

Unfulfilled desires create unnecessary suffering. Life is short and can end without warning.

Why worry about a tomorrow that may never arrive? 😎

6. Hariod Brawn - January 9, 2015

Well, I certainly don’t want to be who I was when I was 21. 😉

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Me neither.

Of course, who we are now is a product of what we once wanted. We may be living with decisions made decades earlier by a younger and less experienced version of ourself.

How many forty-year-olds would hire their twenty-year-old selves to make decisions for them today?

Not many, I’d wager. :mrgreen:

7. suzicate - January 9, 2015

Ah yes, downhill is much easier and more fun!

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Especially when we’re not looking over our shoulders every few minutes to see what “they” think of us. 😎

8. NancyTex - January 9, 2015

Nothing like coasting downhill with the wind in your face to make you feel alive!

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

WHEEE!!! What a rush!
Here’s to being AWAKE, AWARE, and . . . ALIVE.

9. jannatwrites - January 9, 2015

I think I need a new state of mind today… my thought when I read the words and saw the photo was, “yeah, until I hit a rock and fly off the bike.” Geez, I’m a ray of sunshine 🙂

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Ha! You might want to change your (state of) mind, Sunshine.

“You are my sunshine . . . my only sunshine.” 😎

10. brickhousechick - January 9, 2015

What say I? I couldn’t agree more, Nancy! It is a liberating feeling to feel at peace with who you are and who you will continue to be. There is always room for growth, but acceptance is power. 🙂

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Yes! It’s the difference between “allowing it to flow” and “forcing the stream.”

To acceptance!

11. Tiny - January 9, 2015

But the uphill to reach that point is lots of work…before we can coast down.

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Yes! And there’s often a bit of backsliding before we really embrace the who of who we are.

12. anotherday2paradise - January 9, 2015

It’s really hard work getting to this point, but I think I’m there. 🙂

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Yay! It doesn’t happen all at once . . . we become.

And we may still have days when we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin (e.g., when we have the flu) but they are few and far between.

13. Valleygrail - January 9, 2015

I would not know how to be anyone else than who I am. I have found a good test is how comfortable we are when totally, completely alone. No music, TV, toys, people. Just by oneself. For some it’s bliss, for others, torture.

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

That’s a good litmus test to use . . . for introverts, anyway. It might be that extroverts would need a different measure.

14. Barb - January 9, 2015

Being happy with who we are, sets us free!

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Agreed! . . . WHEEE!!!

15. Behind the Story - January 9, 2015

What a pleasant thought!+

nrhatch - January 9, 2015

Thanks, Nicki. Self-acceptance is a pleasant place to be.

16. L. Marie - January 10, 2015

I hope I can say that now. Now that I’m officially old, saying that has been tougher to do. But if not now (I ask myself) then when will I say it?

nrhatch - January 10, 2015

No time like the present, Linda. Especially since, as illustrated by the photo, the downhill run presents challenges too . . . as the road rises up to meet us with potholes and boulders. 😛

17. Cecelia Futch - January 11, 2015

“Who I am is who I want to be.” YES! and it feels so blooming good! 🙂

nrhatch - January 11, 2015

It’s great to smile at our reflection for all the right reasons. :mrgreen:

18. livelytwist - January 13, 2015

I like the sound of what you’ve shared, the images of freedom your words evoke.
I think that it is good to accept yourself and then be patient with yourself as you metamorphose into the best version of you.

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