Don’t Deny Yourself

It’s time for another Wednesday Word linkup with Debbie! Today’s word is deprivation.

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Merriam-Webster has the following to say about deprivation:

  1. the state of being deprived
  2. an act or instance of depriving

And since that’s not very helpful, here’s what they say about deprive:

  1. obsolete: remove
  2. to take something away from
  3. to remove from office

With those definitions in mind, I thought of a quote that was adapted from a Dean Karnazes quote. I liked it so much that I made it into one of those motivational posters.


When you surround yourself with people who encourage you and push you, the line between the possible and the impossible gets blurred. If you want to achieve something, don’t deprive yourself. Chase your dreams, no matter how crazy they are, and you can accomplish some remarkable things.

What do you do to make sure you’re not depriving yourself?

15 thoughts on “Don’t Deny Yourself”

  1. I always make sure that I’m getting enough “me” time, usually through running. It’s so helpful for my mental health, and I think makes me a better wife and mother!

    1. I’ve read that even a little moderate exercise can help with depression. I definitely feel happier and feel like I’m more productive when I’m running/working out regularly.

  2. I don’t really feel deprived of anything and that’s the reason I just couldn’t come up with a post. Well, sleep maybe. The things I might do without are just conscious decisions and not deprivations.

    1. You make a good point, and I think someone else had the same perspective about our deprivations being conscious decisions. We should be thankful that if we do deprive ourselves of something, it’s usually a choice and not something that’s out of our control.

  3. I have to be honest — I’m pretty darned self-indulgent. You ought to see how it goes down around my birthday! 🙂

    I love that quote, too. I always feel like every long run is a little journey, but “extraordinary trip” is an even better way to put it.

    1. Honestly, I think it’s kind of in the nature of a long distance runner to be self-indulgent. We spend hours doing something we love. But it makes us better in the rest of our lives. I always say – I am who I am because of running 🙂

    1. And if that’s the case, I’ll be sure to get a picture of it first and then see if you’re okay. I know that’s what you’d want me to do 🙂

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