I’ve lived quite a sedentary life for six years. Every day, my life would kick off before four in the morning and just to give you an overview of how routinary life has been, here are the things I do before becoming a firefighter in the office every day or becoming a couch potato every weekend.
Weekdays Be Like
3:45AM : waking time
4:00AM : done checking WordPress, IG, Whatsapp, Duolingo, then turn on Youtube.
4:20AM: finish bathing
4:40AM: finish breakfast
5:00AM: leave home
5:10AM: wait for the earliest bus to SM
Beyond these hours, as soon as I got myself on the bus, I return to Duolingo and do the exercises. I once created a club when I signed up in Duo so I check the leaderboard from time to time to see which member is vying to be the weekly winner. Or see where I am in the overall ranking among my friends.
The thing is, even if I am feeling so down, I’d always make it a point to stay ahead in the weekly ranking in my club. Why? Because it is my club~somehow I feel responsible to stick to my goals so others would perhaps emulate. We are 45 in the club and so far, the average number of persons participating in the weekly exercises is always above 50%. Comparing these with how other clubs perform, as I am also a club member in some Spanish, German and French clubs, a 50% interaction is already high. Mind you, clubs can become very active on some days and suddenly become ghost clubs where not a single member does the exercises for several weeks.
And I cannot allow that. Not even when I don’t feel like winning.
At times I feel I was being selfish as I would race over to win in the weekly leaderboard. With the available time I had, this undertaking entails sacrifice. And what do I get after? Other than some eyebags and dark circles around my eyes and a morning headache, is an affirmation that I am capable of building positive things for myself, just to get a boost, even if the other parts are failing.
Perhaps it does help that I am more into reading, listening and watching media contents that are motivational in nature like the ones Be Inspired are creating. And because I maintained some social media accounts, I choose very carefully who to follow in each platform as these people would end up either helping me make or break my day.
It is good that most of my friends are not active in many platforms besides Facebook and IG, that way, I could enjoy a sense of anonymity for some critical opinions that I choose to rant about, evading possible conflict to say the least. Is this good? Perhaps. Let’s just say that out of my 267 friends I have in Facebook, I only knew around 10 people who share the same political opinion as me. That’s not even 5% of the total.
I voiced out an opinion before and sad to say, it did not fare well within my circle. So I tried to stay away from getting too political especially that I will be raging war against, sorry to say this, purveyors of hearsays, relying on Facebook to gather information and then mark it true. If only people would dig deep into the issue instead of browsing their timelines liking fake news, I would be as proud as I was before for being a Filipino.
So to avoid conflict with my peers and for my peace of mind, I choose where to wage my battle. Do not forget that the mighty pen is as deadly as a katana. Dr. Jose Rizal taught us that a century ago.
In the evenings. my time is usually spent doing Duolingo exercises and reading. In the past, I did some workout before bed but I had to cut that off due to the physical exhaustion I felt in the morning.
Weekends Be Like
4:00AM: waking time
4:20AM: end of workout
4:30AM: done checking WordPress, IG, Whatsapp, Duolingo, Facebook
5:00AM (before): start doing my EDX courses,
5:00AM (now): leave home for a morning walk/jog
5:45AM (before): breakfast
6:30AM (now): breakfast
6:45AM: checks WordPress, IG, Whatsapp, Facebook, and then do some exercises in Duolingo
7:30AM: go back to EDX courses until 3:00PM (with meal breaks of course)
The late afternoons are usually spent reading, researching, writing a blog post or composing poems. Sometimes, I experiment with video editing. Sometimes I draw. Or take a typing speed test. 🙂
I go out when I deem necessary.
In between my time every weekend, I’d spend hours with the nephews and nieces~just to play, talk and cuddle with them. Everyone is growing up so fast and I am afraid the new schedule I have isn’t helping me with optimizing my family time. I am just hoping all the baby monsters would understand why the aunt is doing this though. And then, there’s my dog and my cat who might demand some more time from me as well.
So how is my time now different from the one I had before? Not much actually, except that I have to allot several hours now for my courses. And also, I am enjoying a few hours being alone every morning in the ocean.
The view and sound of the ocean, the scent of morning air and the brush of the wind on my face along with a glimpse of the sunrise, well, these are the magical things I get lost to every morning. It’s almost like an epiphany.
I have something in mind that I might start doing every weekend or maybe twice a month but until I am able to pull that plan off, I could not provide further details.
Please do not ask me what I would have wanted to do if circumstances would permit because I could write an entire book about my dreams.
“You may say, I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. ”
Tomorrow would be another morning session and I hope the sun gets to shine tomorrow.
This morning, I did not see any sun as it was raining when I left home but I went nonetheless, walked towards the baywalk, settled myself on a bench opposite the ocean and waited until the rain would stop.
I was lucky because it rained really hard instead and the park now became a ghost town.
Speaking about choosing battles? I had to retreat an hour later.