By Megan Carter
The Power of the Summer Solstice
Last year, when Reomona and I took this picture, we posted it to our individual pages with a little information on the Summer Solstice. It was to serve as a teaser for our blog and Instagram page that was forthcoming. The solstices are an important time for us because it is what we decided last February that we would base the name of our blog on. The posts last year on the Summer Solstice got so much positive feedback and encouragement that we saw this as a good indicator of what was to come when we launched our Instagram page and blog. I remember that day vividly, we were both so excited, we were barely able to focus at work! The blog or page had not come to be yet, but just the mere THOUGHT of what we could accomplish with them had us ready to shout for joy!
In life, we often celebrate the start of something—at the start of the New Year, we are all excited and busy ourselves setting goals that we feel will make the upcoming year better for us. When we first start a job, we are on time every day, working to our full capabilities, trying to do the best job we possibly can. When we first get married, we are filled with love, and expectation of starting a family, buying a home, and mapping out the rest of our lives together. But what happens when we have been at things for a while and start to lose our motivation? Why do we take so much pleasure in the beginning of things than we do in the middle?
Summer solstice is the longest day of the year. The longest day of the year doesn’t come at the beginning, it comes when there are still 193 days left in 2019. Think back to January 1, 2019. You probably had your vision board up, you probably started a gym membership, maybe you even started school. But now that the year is a little over halfway over, you may have lost that spark. Why you ask? That’s simple…things get hard! One year ago when Reomona and I made the post about Summer Solstice, we fully expected to launch on the Winter Solstice. We had meetings, we had plans, we laid out all of our ideas, but then, life happened. For me, school got harder, and I had to devote more time to studying. My son got more involved in more extracurricular activities, and I barely had time to do anything other than work, go to school, do my housework, and take care of my children. For Reomona, her son got sick, and would end up spending a significant time in the hospital–and this occurred during the same time that she was training for the biggest race of her life. Sometimes, life gets in the way of even our best thought out plans. The key is to understand that though there may be delays, don’t give up on yourself just yet!
The other day, my youngest son Karson was playing Fortnite with my son Keaton. Karson began to whine and complain, and finally yelled, “It’s too hard, I am not good enough to beat Keaton, and I’m just going to quit!” Haven’t we all felt like Karson? When school gets hard, I’ve had moments where I’ve thought, “I have a good job already. This is a lot. On top of working full time and raising three boys on my own, no one would blame me for throwing in the towel.” I’m sure when Reomona was training for her marathon while her son was sick in the hospital she had moments where she thought, “There’s always next year, my baby is sick. If I have to drop out of this race, I know people will understand.” If we would have let the hardships of life get in our way, we could have easily said, “Let’s just cancel this blog. We both work full time, we both have families and responsibilities, and we have all kinds of obligations, no one would blame us for not adding another thing to our already full plates.”
But here we are, a year later, and we have this blog and Instagram page. We knew that our desire to inspire and help people overcome things that both of us have faced just so they wouldn’t feel like they are going through it alone was greater than our desire to just relax, and allow life’s difficulties to stop our progress. My dream to impact young children’s lives and help to shape their futures is greater than my desire to come home and enjoy an afternoon nap or be complacent with my current career. Reomona’s drive to achieve her personal goals, and help others achieve theirs through fitness is greater than her drive to shut everything down simply because life has thrown her a curveball. So here we are, smack dab in the middle of 2019, and my question to you is, what do you want for you? And don’t look at your current situation or circumstances and talk yourself out of your dream. I had just turned 37 when I started school again. Reomona was 34 when she realized her passion and got her group fitness certification, and 35 when she got her personal training certificate. Plenty of people will talk against your dreams, make sure YOU aren’t the one killing them before they start!
So what will you do on the longest day of this year? There is no better time than today to decide once and for all what you want your life to be. You don’t have to wait for Monday. Don’t wait for July 1st, and by all means don’t wait for the New Year to make up in your mind what you want for yourself and go after it with everything you have. There is a Bible verse that I never understood until recently that reads, “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.”–Ecclesiastes 7:8 I always wondered, why is the end the best part? That means something is over! But then it dawned on me not too long ago, that the end is better because it means that I finished! It means that I started something, struggled my way through the middle of it, and didn’t give up. I finished what I started. Don’t you want that to be your testimony? Don’t you want to know what that feels like? I know I do!