A Snap. A Year

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

10-15 years ago a friend of mine told me a story that was told to her. I'm going to try to re-create it.

My friend said that an old man told her the following

"On my 5th birthday my dad told me to snap my fingers and remember this day. Not understanding, I carefully snapped my fingers. The next year, again he told me to snap my fingers and remember my 6th birthday. Each year it became a tradition to snap my fingers and remember back a whooooole year to the previous birthday. The snaps seemed so far apart and life was so exciting! Every year I snapped my fingers and somehow it helped me to remember that special day.

On my 25th birthday my father reminded me to snap my fingers and remember my childhood birthdays. On my 30th birthday my father instructed me to do the birthday finger snap now only every five years...and not to forget to teach my children to snap their fingers and remember the year between their birthdays.

I'm in my 70's now, and I finally see what my father was getting at. I look back at my life and see a series of years that have flown by. The 5 years between birthday-finger-snaps are as short at the years was when I was a child. Life is a blur of these snaps. Life speeds up. Enjoy it. Don't waste it"

I have a finger snap moment of my own. I'm visiting a city I was visiting this same week last year, and the year before this same week, and the year before that this same week, for maybe 5 years back...the third week in July. I'm staying in the same hotel. I'm sitting in the same cafe, maybe the same table I've sat at each year. every year I am in this city for two days, doing the same thing.

And I'm worrying about the same thing: my weight. What to eat on this trip that will be in my eating plan because I'm always on a "diet" And I am probably within 20 pounds up or down of the same weight each year during these 5 years. Which means I'm still 80 pounds overweight.

When I look back--the year has passed in a snap. I can remember what I did last year here, and the year before that and the year before that. As clearly as if it was yesterday. The pain and the growth, the happiness or sadness that happened in this year-it's all passed. I've survived what was thrown at me or given to me. My blessings and challenges. They've passed in a snap of the fingers.

What if I had taken just one of those years and truly dedicated myself to eating right and exercising? One year of truly learning what hunger is, what satiated means, what being it feels like to eat well and healthy for more than a week at a time? A year to set small exercise goals?

I know the hunger passes-I can't remember individual days of hunger in the whirlwind of days in the past year. I know the emotions that lead to eating pass-I can't remember specifics of sadness or anger or frustration in the blur of the past year. I know I have consistently let myself down, let emotions and false hunger and bargaining with myself take precedence over my life.

What I know for sure is that I do not want to wake up tomorrow and realize it is July 20, 2012 and I am again in the same hotel, getting up to go to the same cafe for coffee, and feeling bad because of my weight again. STILL.

Snap your fingers and a year goes by.

Snap your fingers and a year goes by......

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    This is wonderful. I am more and more aware each year how quickly it all speeds by, and most of the time I'm focused on packing as much focus on parenting as I can, since it's evident that my kids are growing up far faster than I want them to. But I have had several years already where I looked back and wondered where the time went with regard to my own health and fitness, and this blog confirmed that it's not just me and that I CAN take control....

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts...
    3301 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    I just spent a year doing exactly what you are blogging about. And if YOU can grasp that concept and run for your life with it right now... today... in your 30's then you have an emoticon life ahead of you. Don't wait until you are 63 like I did........ *SNAP*

    emoticon Linda
    3304 days ago
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    Definitely something for me to reflect on today. Thank you!
    3306 days ago
    Excellent blog! Set goals and start snapping... I'm adding it to my memory bank! emoticon
    3307 days ago
    Absolutly Fabulous..This one goes on the Fridge. emoticon
    3307 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8766673
    Thanks for sharing!! This is insanely easy and an interesting way to realize what's going on.
    3307 days ago
    Wow, this is brilliant. And so very true. (And I'm wondering if that's why our yearly trip to upstate NY tends to be when my mate and I have our "big conversations"...interesting)
    ank you for sharing!
    3308 days ago
    Rachel, this is a FABULOUS blog. Would love it if you copied it as to the Crusher's page on the Motivational & Inspirational thoughts thread. Snap!
    3309 days ago
    I can relate, too. The next step is to just do it. No more self-abuse when you have a bad day. Suck it up and move on from it. No more excuses. Just do it!
    3310 days ago
    Oh my goodnes Rachel I LOVE THIS!!!! I have never heard the snap story!! I can so relate to this in my life!! I can so look back and see that in a snap it has been gone, NO I do not remember each individual day, but I tend to pick out the best parts or memoriable ones!!! This is an awesome blog!! Thank you for sharing!! You gave me some motivation today!! Thanks
    You can do it!!! Next year, healthier, skinner, and happier...I can remind ya in a SNAP :)
    3312 days ago
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