Paul McAleer

Afterwards

Paul McAleer

When I run, I feel great. But after I'm done I hold feelings of pride, accomplishment, and joy.

When I do yoga, I feel challenged. But after I'm done I feel settled and centered.

When I have a tough conversation, I feel anxious and nervous. But after I'm done I feel calm and clear-eyed.

I don't see this all as a deficiency but a choice. I'm quick to say, "In the moment, I felt ____" without much expansion. I'm working to keep those in the moment feelings and memories around longer, because they're more instinctual and, perhaps, more interesting.

Pay attention to the moment when you're in it and not just afterwards.