Not all those who wander are lost
My Epic Quests
First NF 4-week Challenge Quests
The Horror, the Horror
Lady Amezan's Epic Quests
The legendary Lady Amezan was a warrior of ancient Scythia, talented at horse riding, spear throwing, archery, and swordplay. I don't have any of these talents, but I want to adopt some of her amazing physical energy and courage into my much quieter Druid life.
I'm a writer, teacher, and veteran of leveling up my life, always looking for the next challenge. I've already done some of the things that appear on lots of epic quest lists: I've lived on four continents, speak several languages, have two master's degrees, and I was once a three-day winner on Jeopardy. I've done 10-day silent meditation retreats and founded and edited a successful blog.
I don't feel like a "hero," though. Call it imposter syndrome, call it my life-long companion known as severe depression and anxiety, call it what you will, but most of the time I feel like an overweight 43-year-old woman with sore feet and waaaay too many bills.
In 2012, I took up strength training and clean eating, which was great for my health. But in the years since then, I've prioritized other things and gained forty pounds. I'm proud of the non-health ways I've leveled up in the past few years--moving to South Korea, paying off my credit card bills, and finally starting to publish my creative writing after years of being too afraid to show it to anyone. But now it's time to make health one of my priorities.
My goal is to get back that feeling of vitality, fit into some of the clothes I've outgrown, and be able to say yes the next time someone invites me on a hiking trip. (The mountains here in Korea aren't very tall, but they're wicked steep.)
My fear is that prioritizing my health will distract me from other priorities, like continuing to write and publish my creative work. I'm also teaching full-time, studying online to get a teaching certificate, and keeping up my meditation practice. I'm worried this is too much for me to realistically do (I have a sleep disorder and need my Zs every night). I will have to learn to keep my health practices short and sweet.
Going really big, my biggest of big-picture goals is this: discover and achieve a fitness and nutrition level that I can stay at without too much effort, even when I'm devoting a ton of energy to writing and studying. The Druid class seems perfect for me. The center of my life will always be my spiritual quests and my writing. I want to stay healthy to support those quests--lifting heavy objects in itself isn't enough.
Does anyone else worry that being healthy will take too much time?