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A Moment of Clarity

Last weekend I took what my wife refers to as a “sabbatical”. For us, it’s just a time of being alone and relaxing away from the house.

I booked a hotel close to a bookstore and a movie theater. I spent a lot of time at both and ended up reading a ton of graphic novels and watching 3 movies.

Close to the end of my stay, I came to realize that I have been getting excited about the wrong things in life. There is really nothing wrong with this, it is more of a way to know you are growing into something new. Like a snake shedding its skin.

Think back to when you were a teenager and hanging out with friends or listening to music seemed like a better idea than homework. When I was kid video games were more meaningful than conversation. As a young man I couldn’t wait until the next time I could karaoke.

But these end up being phases. Right now I am reevaluating my life and I realize my health has been neglected. My job and favorite activities tend to be sedentary. Also, I am somewhat of a foodie and it seems like I eat out at least once a day. Plus I do get excited about cider and while not often do like to imbibe the spirits.

While I have known these are issues for a while it just started to become crystal clear this weekend. Then to further emphasize the point I was on a photoshoot with my co-worker and was a stand-in for a test shot. This morning he showed me what he was trying to do with the shot. While he was talking, I couldn’t focus on anything but the fact I had gained so much weight.

I have a strong desire to watch my son grow up to have children and really I plan on dying after my wife solely for the fact that I don’t want to leave her alone. But unless I start focusing on my health I doubt I will live the 70+ years in the condition I am hoping for or at all.

So Monday, I made amazing progress; I worked out and ate well. Tuesday was going well until we went to my nephew’s birthday party. My wife and I both said “eff it” and devoured a ton of pizza.

It is like an alcoholic going to a bar and thinking they can abstain. Maybe later on but you need to steer clear for a while.

One of the other things that struck me was last week, my boss asked about a co-worker and my weight loss challenge. When I mentioned it was nonexistent, he said, “You’ve gotta want it.”

That was probably what I thought about most over the weekend. The things you want to happen in your life are as simple and profound as “You’ve gotta want it.”

By Sam Watson

I'm pretty good at Microsoft Excel but a freak in Google Sheets.

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