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Back in the saddle again...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yesterday was a bust. I admit that I had a wee bit of a hangover, but overall I just hurt all over - I mean it hurt to walk, my back ached... heck it even felt like my cramps were trying to show up at the wrong time. So I laid around almost all day. I napped. I drank tons of herbal tea and at least two liters of water.

Today, well, I feel cruddy - it may very well be allergies from running the furnace - but I still feel like I am coming down with something and that sucks. I still plan to tackle my to do list which includes activities like "clean basement" and "schlep wood" to ensure I am not a slug like yesterday. Hubby is taking the entire weekend off so when he gets up we'll decide what activities, if any, we are doing this weekend. I am thinking a nice hike at Elk Meadow sounds good. Maybe some time at the gym?

Today my psyche is kind of on the fence. Last night I finished my energy management book, which got me semi-psyched to get more determined about my exercise. Then this morning I read the Time.com article called something like "'00 - the worst decade ever" where the authors proceeded to point out how 2000 to 2009 has sucked (and they didn't even mention the environment!) However the article did point out that with such a terrible decade now closing, the 2010s have got to be better, or at least we will be more cautious to avoid things from sliding into despair like they did the last 10 years.

While reading the article I also realized that I have spent a pretty significant part of my life in this depressing decade. Mid 20's to mid 30's are a time of growth and change - I had just gotten married, we'd moved to our new home state, rode the dot com boom, found ourselves in financial straits and then were rescued by the fates, hubby changed careers three times, and just within the last year we've started two new companies on top of the one that is just now paying for itself. We've climbed Kilimanjaro and ignored exercise. Friends and family have been born and died. And life goes on.

I do wonder what the next decade will hold. Some claim that the world will end. Others laugh. But if you don't live your life to the fullest every day, planning for the future at all times, then all you get is disappointment that you didn't drop and you have to face another 24 hours that you were subconsciously hoping to avoid.

So as we go into the last five weeks of the first decade of the 21st century, I realized that I have learned a lot. I've learned that in general, Americans are a gluttonous bunch in more ways than one - especially when it comes to food, relaxation, and material possessions. That embarrasses me greatly and one value that I have is not to be like that. I've also learned that we humans are not in charge as much as we'd like to think and act like we are. Greater forces, whether it be Nature or some higher power, are always going to kick our butts when we need or deserve it. Also you can't push your will on anything or anyone - you will only get push back. Sure you can set goals, but really you can only do the best you can do and that is the best you can do. Finally, a life of carrying out your values, and sticking to them, is worth more than anything else. If you truly value health or treading softly upon the earth or self reliance, then live that way and you will truly be able to ignore the naysayers. They are just jealous they don't live up to their values like you do.

Well the cup of coffee is drained and my To Do list awaits my attention. Have a great Saturday all!
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