A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” ― Ernest Hemingway
“Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me curiosity killed the cat, I would say the cat lived nobly” -Arnold Edinborough
“Advice from a mountain lion: Stand Your Ground, Put your Best Foot Forward, Climb to New Heights, Find Your Inner Strength, Don’t be a Copycat, Stay Wild at Heart, Always Land on Your Feet!” -Ilan Shamir
Ok, so this post is a little different. I would say it’s even enough to make a cat laugh (pun intended). A little silly, a little off the wall. However, bear with me hear because there is some truth here. When trying to make a change, one way to approach the change would be to “Act Like a Cat”. In the following paragraphs, I would like to explain how one day I reflected how much you can be like a cat.
Land on your feet- In life, WE ALL FALL. We make mistakes. we trip up when working towards a goal. Most people who don’t achieve their goals quit once they make a mistake or fail. I suggest that you do your best to land on your feet! If you ever see a cat fall from a high point, you can see it situate its body in the air to land softy on its feet. The cat gingerly shakes itself off and continues on its way. I know what you’re saying “easier said than done.” Maybe. But, nothing worth having is seldom easy. Do your best to bounce back as fast as you can after a setback.
Be Curious- The first step to making a change is realizing there is a problem. In order to understand the problem, it is important to dig a little deeper. Ask questions to better understand your motivations, your obstacles, and even your plan. Educate yourself as much as you can about eating healthy or exercising safely. Speak with professionals and family members about how you can make a change and for their support. Also, question what seems fishy. If you see/ hear something that doesn’t seem true or factual, do some digging before committing or accepting it as fact.
Use Your 9 Lives: Most people think that once they fail or when things go wrong, their life is over. An event occurs and that’s the end. A relationship fails, a family member dies, a tragedy occurs, nothing goes as planned. What the reality is that life is a journey. It rarely goes as planned. When bad things happen, life is noter at that moment. You are not a victim or meant to lie down and surrennder. In fact, tough times make you stronger and more resilient in the long term. When things are not going well, accept that and only that. Then, get to work on how to make the best out of the situation.
Think of Yourself First: If you ever observe a cat, they always do what is good for them. They beg for food, rest, groom themselves, play. They understand their needs and don’t feel bad about it. I’m not saying be selfish. I’m saying take care of yourself. Love yourself so you can make the necessary changes in your life and feel at your best. Take time to eat, sleep well, take care of your body, and have fun!
Show your Emotions: Cats seldom hide their emotions. You know a cat is happy because it is purring. You know a cat is angry when it hisses. You even know it’s scared or surprised when its eyes dilate and stare. One lesson I have had to learn is to express my emotions. I used to bottle up my emotions because I didn’t think people would care or listen. However, I suffered even more by internalizing them. Showing emotions and how you truly feel not only helps you let go, but also builds relationships with others. It shows them that you are authentically human and can be trusted. Being true to your emotions will give you the freedom to make changes and feel excited when you meet your goals!
As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!