I don’t always exercise in the morning as I sometime have driving commitments. When I do, I like to get out at dawn; I love the magnificence of the sunrise, the quiet of that time of day, and the drowsiness which curbs negative self-talk (read: too sleepy to mull over reasons why I shouldn’t hit the pavement).
This morning wasn’t quite like most others. I popped awake at 6 ahead of my alarm set for 6:30. I considered going back to sleep but for some reason, could not. As I balefully looked over at my running gear set out and waiting for me, the litany of excuses began in my head. I put on my best pathetic face, slouched over in a tired manner, then asked Loving Husband (who was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, already dressed and ready to go to school) what he thought I should do. Without batting an eyelid, he beamed at me and said: ” Go to the Gardens!”.
So, somewhat disgruntled, I found myself in the Singapore Botanic Gardens which is conveniently across the street. Nature was obviously conspiring with Loving Husband to ensure I had a good outing as I encountered some critters which brought many smiles: a Malayan Water Monitor who showed absolutely no interest in me, a skittish Red Junglefowl who ran straight ahead the path, stopping ever so often to look back and crow, and a Plantain Squirrel who tried to stealthily cross the pavement, but without much success.
And if they weren’t enough, when I was coasting through The Rainforest, I heard the cackling of a bird that never fails to make me laugh, the White-crested Laughing Thrush.
So, the moral of the story is, even when you think you don’t want to get out there to greet the day, you should go anyway?
How do you motivate yourself on days when the most attractive option seems to be crawling back into bed?
Feature Photo: Bandstand in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, surrounded by Golden Rain Trees, which have yellow leaves instead of green; our nod to Fall colours, all year round!