A Man’s Got to Know His Limitations

A Man’s Got to Know His Limitations

Classic quote from a classic movie…Dirty Harry for those of you who didn’t get the reference.

I’m back for all of you who have missed me – been doing some soul searching and literally learning my limitations.

As you get older, more and more things are added to your life.  Work, spouses, bills, kids, and other stresses.  You kind of feel like the frog in the water that doesn’t realize until it is too late that the water is boiling.  That’s how I have felt for the last two weeks.  Which is why I have been off the grid.

I have been trying to “reset myself”.  I have been putting too much pressure on myself to accomplish everything at once.  I have been working longer hours than normal recently, also started a new part-time job, still trying to enjoy my hobbies, spend time with my fiancé, hangout and communicate with my friends, plus around the house type tasks and chores, find time to work-out and get in shape, all while planning a wedding that is in three months.

As you can tell by that list, I have a lot going on.

This post isn’t to complain about my life or compare it to anything.  But it is important that you learn and know your limitations.  Because when you put too much on yourself, you will either collapse from the pressure or have no time to sleep. 

This lesson is something that you learn throughout life.  Each “stage” of life, you will have more piled on…which increases where you thought your limitations were.  You still have them, of course, they are just pushed further away so you can handle and accomplish more with the time you are given.

Besides the quote which I used for the title of this post, there is another fantastic passage that comes to mind in this type of situation:

Gandalf - knowing his limitations

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

That is a quote from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, again, for those who didn’t get the reference.

Bad things and good things happen throughout our life – we can’t always choose what they are and when they happen.  But we can choose how we accept them and what we do with the time we are given in this world. 

By piling on all this stuff onto myself, I realized how short life is and how you should try to do things that really matter and that make a difference.  Even more so with these coronavirus fears that are spreading.  Which may or may not be overblown. 

Know Your Limitations

I have learned my limits of what my mind, body, and soul can handle.  So I took a few steps back.  I have spent a lot of time working on Palm to Face over the past few months and it was taking a toll on me mentally and physically.  Not because I don’t enjoy it, I definitely do.  Palm to Face has been one of the most fulfilling things that I have done in my life.  But, trying to constantly create new content several times a week on a set schedule was draining.  Especially while having so many other things going on.

By taking this step back, I remembered why I love Palm to Face and what it represents to me.  It is about you.  It is about helping you and helping others.  It is about helping to make this world a better place for everyone in it.  I spent so much time trying to figure out my perfect audience, what the golden nugget of content would be, creating the social media announcements, and forcing myself to write just so I can have something on my scheduled day. And that caused me to lose sight of why I started doing this in the first place.

Now, this was probably not as obvious to you, my readers.  But it has been an ongoing struggle in my head and I am glad I was able to come back strong to Palm to Face.  Tux Fitness, as I had originally planned it, is on hold for now.  That was another reason why I felt overwhelmed.  I was trying to force myself to workout (which is fine) and also document each day what I ate and how I exercised.  That would have been fine, if that was all I was working on.  I need to adjust my Tux Fitness mission and what I am doing with it. 

I realized that not every piece of content has to be perfect or gold or viral.  I have learned my limits and have grown because of them.  Both within Palm to Face and outside of it.  It is a good feeling, getting back on track and feeling satisfied and content with where you are.

Relax a Little

The takeaway from this is to not be afraid or worried to take a step back from a few things in your life (assuming they aren’t high priority things, of course.).  But take that step back, look at your life from a different viewpoint.  It will help you manage your life and what your priorities should be. 

Thanks for reading! 

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