Exactly 724 days ago – 6 days off two years, I had my last date with my Wii balance board. Almost two years to the day since I last exercised other than walking and although balance games on the Wii wouldn’t exactly be considered exercise to your everyday athlete, to me, right now, it was one of the best feelings in the world.

I’m still not certain whether it was the Wii activities themself that had me smiling from ear to ear or if it was more what being able to do them again represented – a definate stepping stone, clearly highlighting just how far I had come, either way nothing could wipe that smile off my face.

After just fifteen minutes of ‘Wii-ing” my body had well and truly had enough but that didn’t matter, because to me fifteen minutes of this, felt like I had just made it to the Olympics and was finally taking my first steps towards winning the Gold Medal. Just fifteen minutes and I was finally heading in the direction of exactly where I wanted to be – healthy.  

Suprisingly enough, fifteen minutes was all the time I needed to make a difference. I had reached new high scores not only in the soccer heading, but I had collected perfect scores in the basic step game, my first successful trip along the tightrope walk, a close fourth in the ski jump and yes, although there may have been a rather sad score on the penguin slide, even that was enough to beat my score from 724 days ago.

So no, I may not have done hours and hours of Yoga or run for kilometres around the block. I may not have been to the gym or lifted weights all afternoon and I may not have done enough to be considered impressive in the eyes of someone else, but for me and for where I am in my life right now, I had just made the world of difference. Not only had I improved my balance and slowly built up my core strength, but I had finally started taking those baby steps forward. Even more than that though, I had given myself hope again.

If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that it is far better to take a million small steps in the right direction than to make a single giant leap forward, only to stumble backwards. So here I am, taking as many small steps forward as it takes until I find myself exactly where I want to be.

“He who would learn to fly one day, must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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