‘Everything in moderation’.
It’s an oft-referenced phrase, usually suggesting we approach life with a sense of balance.
As per Oscar Wilde’s pithy quote, however, do we have to do everything in moderation?
‘Moderation’ implies being sensible, exercising self-restraint, avoiding excess or extremes. How boring!
We are so often told to seize life with both hands. We never know when a day might be our last, so carpe diem. Go for it, full throttle.
There are certain things we should never exercise moderation in, but express them with fullness of passion – such as the infinite love and pride we have for our children.
There is no moderation about my love and pride for Hugo.
Other passions, too, we should feel free to indulge in without moderation (provided they don’t hurt others, of course) – our hobbies, our interests. The things that make you uniquely you.
Doing everything without moderation is not without consequences, however.
‘Everything in moderation’ is frequently used in relation to food, and healthy lifestyles.
Regularly pigging out on junk food and overindulging on other things that are bad for us may mean our lives are consequently affected by illness or disease, thus limiting our ability to seize life with both hands.
That’s a bit of a downer, but sadly true.
So, everything in moderation in terms of food and exercise. Chocolate and wine are fine, (I couldn’t be without them) just not too much. Luckily, I enjoy fruit and vegetables too (portion sizes are my downfall).
Enough exercise, but not too much either. That advice is not just for mere mortals – even professional athletes can over-train, get tired and injured meaning their ability to exercise is limited.
So, some things in moderation, others not.
How do you know the difference?
Cheesy, yes, but listen to your intuition about what matters most to you, what you are most passionate about, and where you want your life to go.