Feeling Good

As I get older, I realize that every morning there is a certain degree of assessment involved in the waking process.  I start by shifting around to see if that nagging pain down my IT band is going to flare.  Then I roll my shoulder around, testing it out...lately I've felt some pain in the rotator cuff.  Once all is clear, I scoot out of bed with as little flexion of my calves as possible-I don't have any issues with my calves, but a few months ago I had a charley horse when climbing out of bed, and I've been traumatized ever since.  Overall, though, I consider myself healthy.  I do need to return to yoga and get some flexibility back, and I have a few aches here and there...but I consider myself fortunate.  It could be a lot worse.

This morning, as I groaned my way into waking, I began to reflect on how we humans always tend to see the glass as half-empty.  When we wake up feeling good, without any pains or worries or illnesses, we simply accept it as our due and move on with our day.  Wake up with an ache, though, and all we can think about is how poorly we feel.  I sleep quite well, usually, and don't even think about it.  Give me a few nights of insomnia, though, and all I can focus on is what a crappy state I am in.

Why do we never acknowledge what feeling "good" feels like?  Why is it that we only assess ourselves when something goes wrong.

What, exactly does "feeling good" feel like?  Does the lack of any sort of dysfunction mean that you are well?  Today I feel okay.  All this rain has left me a bit sluggish and lethargic, but overall I'm doing fine.  Would I refer to myself as "feeling good"?

Probably not.

So I try to think back to the last time I checked in with my body and thought, "Damn, I feel good!"  Usually this state involves coffee.  There's a certain motivation, both mental and physical, that I associate with "feeling good."  I feel like myself in a slightly higher gear.  This may have to do with the fact that I naturally tend toward the relaxed/calm/tired end of the spectrum.  When I feel extra energetic, that is when I define my state as better than usual.  So I wonder about those people who gravitate toward the opposite end of the spectrum, the ones who are usually energetic/hyper/motivated/stressed...when they wake feeling extra relaxed, is this when they feel their best?  Is "feeling good" all about reaching a perfect middle ground?

What does "feeling good" mean to you?