doing a clever thing is not a “life hack”. knock it off.
It’s 1:00 AM and I’m up because I napped during the day. My penance is having nothing interesting to watch on television. How is it that in the 30+ years I’ve been alive, we’ve progressed from having three channels with nothing good on, to hundreds of channels with nothing good on?
I’ve been working on several projects. Let me tell you about them.
The first project is minimalism. I know, I mumble about this one periodically. I also make progress with it periodically. Lately I’ve been pretty ruthless with my closet and my jewelry box, donating items that I don’t love or that don’t have some sort of meaning for me. I also went through a phase last year in which I was buying a lot of eye shadow. As in, more eye shadow than one person could ever hope to use before it begins to expire. Fortunately most of what I wasn’t really that crazy about turned out to be drugstore makeup and not the high end, expensive things I had purchased. The one thing I’m having a tough time with paring down is timepieces. I have a watch that belonged to my dad and a watch that belonged to my brother (both no longer with us), and various watches given to me as gifts over the years (including one that’s shaped like a cross that I’m surprised doesn’t cause me to burst into flames when I look at it, much less wear it). When someone makes the effort to pick out a watch as a gift, they are giving you the most literal version of their time. Time is all we have. It’s precious. I’m sentimental about watches. Even the ugly ones. Even the ones I never wear. Even the ones that might cause me to burst into flame. So I hit the occasional roadblock with minimalism. Which is why you see me mumbling about it periodically.
My other project has been running. I got bitten by the new year’s resolution bug this past January and decided I wanted to be a runner. Notice I didn’t say “lose 15 pounds” or “fit into smaller clothes” (because lord do I hate clothes shopping. HATE.). I quite simply wanted to be a runner. I wanted to be able to run without getting winded, without surrendering my will to live after jogging a hundred yards. I wanted my joints to stop hurting and I wanted my flexibility back. I wanted “I’m getting too old for this” to stop being the truth and start being a joke again.
It’s been a resounding success, you guys.
I started the Couch to 5K program the first week of January, finished it in March, and have just been sort of freestyling it since then. I’ve run several 5K’s since then (four or five I think, they blend together after awhile) and I’ve registered for the half marathon that will be taking place in my city next March. I just ran my longest run of 5.12 miles last night after I got home from work, and I am logging between 10 and 15 miles a week. I may not do that half marathon in record time, but I’m going to do it well, and I’m going to run the whole thing. It’s going to be awesome.
And I’m not too old for this anymore.
So that’s me. What’s you?
One of the things I like to do that is sometimes uncomfortable for me is to examine what my actions say about me. I recently had an opportunity to do this due to my association with someone who is more than happy to speak negatively about people they don’t like, but will not bear to hear something true but unflattering about someone they like very much. That sort of hypocrisy doesn’t look good on anyone, and when I am directly confronted by it in someone I choose to associate with, I have to ask myself- how much of that hypocrisy is also mine? Probably at least a little. Would I benefit from reducing that association? We both would, most likely.
So what are the action items here?
-Reduce association with someone who exhibits behaviors in serious conflict with my values (it’s open season on everyone, or we don’t talk about anyone at all)
-Examine what drives this behavior in me
-Think before speaking
There are pretty much all things I should be doing already. Better late than never?