By Rick Kubrak
Currently, my life is a bit chaotic. It tends to be pack with multiple responsibilities: to my beautiful wife, Carolyn; to my sweet and beautiful 18-month-old daughter, Aubrey; and finally, to my full-time job at St. Edward High school where I am employed as the service coordinator. On top of my responsibilities, I have the many other activities that I attempt to juggle. Most importantly is the fact that I am a part-time graduate student at St. Mary’s Seminary. Then add on top of that making time for extended family, friends, exercise, and my own personal time…it can be quite a balancing act. I’ve found that it is hard to make time for all my activities and responsibilities and my time working out tends to suffer.
One of the biggest things for me is to have a positive attitude about my life: who I am and what my calling is. I believe my strongest calling is to be a husband and a father. This means that I will always prioritize those duties over the rest of my activities. However; this does not mean that I cannot be healthy or take care of myself. I’m just saying that it can be difficult to make time for my other activities, especially finding time to work out. I find it difficult because when there is a free moment, I am completely exhausted and the last thing I want to do is go for a 3 mile run outside away from my family.
One of the many great things about my wife is that she appreciates and recognizes that my health and fitness are important to me. So for this past Christmas we bought each other a treadmill. This has been a true blessing in allowing me to not only make time for myself, but to make time for my health. Now, I get to be in the same room with my daughter while I run. I put her in her “pack and play,” turn on her favorite show, and keep an eye on her all while enjoying my run. I admit, I sometimes feel guilty for choosing to have some personal time, but I also think that these workouts aren’t just for me. I work out for my wife and my daughter. I want to continue to be healthy for them because being for them is my true calling. I want to be there to support and love my girls for as long as God allows me.
My hope for all of you is that you do your best at setting goals and staying healthy. Remember that we continue to give God glory not only through our words and actions, but in how we choose to live our lives and treat our bodies and spirits. As you move through your week, work to be humble and remember that you are loved by God. Build yourself up. Try not to be overly critical of yourself if you feel too tired and you don’t get in some exercise that day. Choose to rest, recuperate, reevaluate and get back to it when you are ready.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick is a graduate of Xavier University (2011) and he currently works as the service coordinator for St. Edwards High School. He loves his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Aubrey, very much. He is currently a part-time graduate student at St. Mary's Seminary. In his free time, Rick enjoys watching The Hobbit, going for runs, and spending time with friends.