At least in my case, this motivating impetus seems to wear off as it turns out the incredible epiphany was nothing but a stroke of hope for change. So how does one seize the moment and have it materialize into one’s everyday life?
Thus far, my journey with the PLS activities has taken me through three phases I would like to call: “the procrastinator”, “the virgin” and “the bodybuilder”.
The procrastinator phase had me defer everything till tomorrow. But in this case, my procrastinator syndrome couldn’t rely on the harsh deadline to get things done last minute – this is about my life, and the only imminent deadline is that of my demise. I believe the main hurdle is the habitual nature that is required to sincerely implement such activities into your life; it is not just a one-night stand, but an actual relationship that begs for attention, patience and perseverance.
When I eventually managed to make a conscious effort to cement the PLS activities in my daily routine I entered the virgin phase. I was constantly questioning myself : “Am I doing this right?”. I to some extent felt the same uncertainty I had felt back in my early teenage years when I first encountered the female body – overly excited about the situation, not sure if I did things right and even less certain how it would turn out as things progressed.
After some time I finally felt I was doing it right, someone had let go of the balance buddy and I was now cycling comfortably on my own. I entered my current phase, known to me as the bodybuilder phase. Like the bodybuilder early in his career I can yet see the individual benefit of each activity, and how it can help me grow. But what I also know is that it will take constant effort to maintain and develop the practices even further. Just like the bodybuilder, I experience good and bad days, but regardless I’m able to drag myself to “the gym” knowing that it supports a higher purpose.
At this point I’m not sure what future phases might look like, or if there even is a stage beyond the bodybuilder phase. But what I do know is that waiting for the epiphany to change your life is like wishing for rain when you stand in the desert. A change of this magnitude takes a tremendous amount of effort and willpower because it resembles a Sisyphean journey.