I just read Harold and Maude. It's a charming little book. It's really just the movie's screenplay that they published as a novel.
Here's a passage from it that I loved:
-- "I knew a man once who used to like working with cars. A German, wonderful person, but he would spend all his time fixing his car and making it run beautifully. Then came the war, and he lost his car. He had to walk everywhere, and so he found himself spending his time making his body fit and trim. He fixed it up, and it ran beautifully. After the war, he decided not to go back to cars. 'Cars come and go,' he said, 'but your body is your transportation for life.'"
Harold looked over at Maude. "Are you trying to tell me something?" he asked.
Maude smiled. "I just did," she said. --
The book is written by Colin HIggins. What a great movie, too!
Since I read this, I've been thinking about my body as my transportation. Lately I've had to do a lot of clothes shopping, which is not something I do very often. I had to because I needed winter clothes and so many of my things are too big now (!!!!wahoo!!!!). Shopping feels funny because I don't know how long the items I buy will fit.
(Just to be clear, tha isn't a picture of me! I would love to show y'all some pictures, but my camera died recently. Some big expenses have arisen (dental work, new glasses because I broke the old ones) so I probably won't be getting a new camera until the new year.)
So much feels odd these days. I catch sight of myself in mirrors downtown and am so surprised by how slim I look, and then I look at myself (naked) in my full length mirror at home, and am so surprised by how big I still am. I'm in the middle of a major overhaul of my transportation, have made changes, have more changes still to come…. It feels u-n-s-e-t-t-l-e-d.
Sometimes I love how exciting it is, but sometimes I just want to go back to lying on the couch and eating bonbons. Remember that familiar comfort of gluttony and sloth? Well, I can always go back…but no; I don't really want that! I just want the feeling of familiarity and comfort that I got from my old habits. The new ones are still so new, you know?
Buying new clothes is one way to fix up my transportation, but it's purely cosmetic, like getting new seat covers or some fuzzy dice to hang from the rearview mirror. The kind of work I'm really excited about is beyond a tune-up; it's major body work and a full engine overhaul.
I went for a walk with a friend recently, and we walked so quickly! She's tall and has long legs, but I had no trouble keeping up with her. That's because my transportation is running better than it has in years! I'm keeping my engine purring with high octane fuel, keeping my fluids topped up.
It's so funny that I'm using all these car metaphors, when my only vehicle is a bicycle!
Once again, I have to show off my dream-cycle, Carmella. She reminds me of an orange creamsicle. And a sunset. And a carnival ride. It's good to love your bike! It's wonderful to be self-propelled.
Just as an aside, I am drinking so much water, and the more I drink, the more I seem to need it! I never used to crave water, but now I want it as soon as I wake up. How cool is that?
I studied biochemistry, so please pardon the geek talk here. Water is essential for both lipolysis of triacylglycerides in adipose tissue and for the beta-oxidation of free fatty acids. You need water to break down fat and get energy from it. Yay! Drink that H20!
I hope your transportation is running optimally. I hope you're enjoying the ride!
P.S. I do have one picture of myself, which a friend took on her phone when were eating out for Oktoberfest. Here it is.