If you are like me, you have aspirations. You have goals. You have a certain number on your Fitbit you want to hit daily. You try to eat healthy. You try to exercise every day. You attack your goals, you go to bed at night with plans for tomorrow, then you wake up and fail by 9 a.m. If you are like me, many times you fail daily, but sometimes more weekly. Although, I am beginning to believe I’m at that age, where, “My give a damn’s busted” and I’m a little more flexible with my goals. Thank you, Jo Dee Messina.

I do all of the above things. But mainly, lately, I just want to be happy. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Just be happy. So, you hit your Fitbit goal, be happy! You don’t eat two cupcakes, you eat one, be happy! You exercised today, maybe not to the best of your ability, but you did! So take comfort in that and be happy!

We put too much pressure on ourselves to be a certain way, look a certain way. But guess what? We all have different lifestyles and have different paths to walk down. We aren’t all gluten-free, we aren’t all vegan, we all aren’t all healthy mentally or physically and we all get stuck. So be happy where you are, at this point in time, because look how far you’ve come! Look how much love you have in your life and look at how much you already have. Now don’t be a Debbie and tell me, well I’m not loved and I don’t have anything. Bologna.

We all have flaws and that’s OK. That is how God made us. Could you imagine how infectious the world would be if we all walked around with smiles and thought about one thing we were proud of, or something that we were truly happy about. Right now, take a second or two and make a list of three things that brings a smile to your face when you think about it. Now, put that in your pocket and carry it around today! Cooking, volunteering, knitting, running, watching the sunset, finding a bargain at TJMaxx, petting all the puppies or the smell of coffee. These are all things in reach. Life doesn’t have to be complicated, we just choose to make it feel that way sometimes.

Now my YMCA plug, because you knew it was coming. Everything I just wrote about, makes up everyone and more who walk through our doors or attend our events. So let’s not box ourselves into the same ordinary daily routine. Try something new and seek happiness. We see smiles walking through our hallways every day and truly the Y means a lot to those who continue to come here day in and day out and visit us for special events.

Whatever you want to do with your life, the Y can more than likely help you in some aspect of your journey. We have CPR classes for you to learn how to save a life in an unexpected emergency. Maybe your child is Autistic and would love to ride horses as a therapeutic activity, we hold horse camps in the summer and have an upcoming Mini Horse Camp in October. If you have just been depressed or down lately and need an outlet to release some pain and struggle, we have over 35 fitness classes at different times each week, treadmills to walk off some steam, or use our parking lot to meet friends and walk together around our two-mile block! Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected and guess what, we have an amazing LIVESTRONG program for adult cancer survivors!

Don’t forget about our Halloween-Themed Freaky Friday 5K Run/Walk Oct. 25, which also includes a half-mile run/walk for children. Our families love to reunite at our free Turkey Trot 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning and our Resolution one-mile run/walk on New Year’s Day to start your new year off right. We truly are for everyone at all different chapters of their life.

Every action requires one step, just one to get you moving in the right direction. We want you here with us. Visit mmymca.org and see if we can get you happy for at least one hour a day. Heck, email me, I’ll straighten you out: allysonb@mmymca.org.

Allyson Bickel is the Community Engagement Director at The Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA, 1600 West Drive, Menominee, MI, 49858.