By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor
My mom has always been on my case about getting back to exercising, to getting back in shape. She calls it her “elixir” and her #1 stress reliever. As any child, I knew she was right somewhere deep down, but I didn’t want to believe it at first. I didn’t want to admit it. And for the longest time my argument had always been that writing did for me what walking did for her.
When the first of the year rolled around, I made a few resolutions but the main one was to “take my own advice” and get healthy again. To get back to fighting shape, figuratively and quite literally as well. And to get there, I figured I might as well take my mother’s long lasting advice and start working out again. Lo and behold, she was right. I’ve been doing some form of working out--hiking, kickboxing, calisthenics—since the first of the year and I already feel better. I already feel like I’m getting back to me, the one I thought was behind some closed and locked gate.
There’s a picture a dear friend just took of me while we were hiking in Topanga Canyon and I realized how happy I looked in it. How content I was in that very moment, surrounded by giant trees and covered in sweat. Granted, I got my first nature wound that day and felt like I was going to collapse a few times, but I had also never felt so alive as I did that day. I had never felt so connected to a path I thought I had lost sight of a long, long time ago. I felt better, I felt connected, and I felt vibrant. I realized this is what my mother was always talking about. She did the same thing while she walked. And I finally understood what she meant when she sent me the Latin phrase “Solvitur Ambulando: for it is solved by walking.” And maybe not everything will be solved by walking but the hardest journey has always started with a single step, right?
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this year is already off to a solid start. I’m getting back to me, I’m finding my heartstrings again, and I’m finding a way to tread lightly with a huge footprint (not carbon related though). I’m fighting my way back to happy not only I deserve it but, but also because I need it. And there’s always a silver lining out there somewhere. So here’s to health, wellness, and love. And may we never be without.
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Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.