What if your love of adventure was greater than your love of ice cream? Or your hunger for knowledge was more than your hunger for snacks? Imagine getting as much satisfaction from a great book as you do from a great dessert? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? But remember, there are many ways to feed a hunger, and not all cravings are for food.
Oftentimes when we are reaching and wanting, it is to satisfy. The natural reaction is to satisfy the stomach, because that is all we know. But if you are using food to fill your hunger for something that is missing in your life, no amount of food will satisfy it. If you are eating for loneliness, you will still be lonely. If you are eating because you are stressed, you will still be stressed. The next time you find yourself on an eating binge, ask yourself why am I eating this? Do not allow yourself the option of hunger. It is so much more.
Think about what gives you joy in life. What makes your heart fly and your emotions sing? Whatever it is, do more of it. As we get older, we do less of the things we loved as children. We think we are too old, or it is too late. These early interests were such an integral part of our personalities, because we chose them without bias, and simply because of the way they made us feel. Childhood hobbies shaped our personalities, and can be a source of great sadness when life takes them away. So revisit what made you feel alive and special. Was it dancing, model-building, drawing or singing? Whatever it was, it made you feel full.
As much as we love food—the taste, the feel , the smell of it, it can never top the joy of a life filled with love, enthusiasm and yes, hunger —for all that this amazing world has to offer.
What did you love to do as a child?