750 Words - Day 19

Happy Friday!  We are nearing the end of my 21 day challenge.  Just two more posts after this!  I think i've written more in these 21 days that i have in all of last year combined.  I hope i can carry the momentum and continue to write each morning.  I think it's a good exercise and gets my mind right for the day.

Today is also the last day in my "old" role at work.  I'll try to treat Monday as if i'm walking in to something completely new.  It's a chance to start over and prove my worth.  It's also an opportunity to learn some new things from some different people.  

I haven't been doing too good regarding exercising.  I just haven't had the motivation.  I've been rolling around on a lacrosse ball in order to do some soft tissue work, but i haven't done any weight training or cardio.  My buddy and I decided that we'll use the Marine Corps Fitness Test to test our progress.  The test is comprised of three events.  Pull-ups, a three-mile run, and crunches.  The highest possible score on each test is 100.  A total score of 200 would put us in the top-tier for men our age.  That's what we're shooting for.  I figure if i can be as fit as a top-tier Marine, i can probably guarantee i'm more fit than most men my age.

I think the hardest for me will be the three mile run.  I've never enjoyed running and the most i've ever ran at once was 7 miles (and that's only because i was running in a new area and got a little lost)  So this year, i want to get in the best shape of my life.  After that, it's just about maintenance.  Easier said than done, of course, but worthwhile.  I don't want to the a typical fat-ass American.  I seek to be a role model through my actions and the way i carry myself.  Actions speak louder than words!  A "do as i do" kind of thing.

I've never been great at marrying my words and my actions.  It's something i'd like to improve.  That and the delayed gratification thing i talked about yesterday.

I just always want to be trying to improve.  To me, if you aren't growing you're slowing.  

Just received a phone call from my girlfriend about 10 minutes after she'd left for work.  She never calls and the roads are bad today so when i heard the phone ring i instantly got nervous.  She was fine, just wanted to tell me about all the wrecks she had seen on her short commute.  Then she called again 5 minutes later!  I thought to myself, "oh fuck, if last time wasn't an emergency why is she calling now?"  Luckily she just wanted to tell me how she avoided an out of control car barreling towards her.  She's safely in her office now.  

That must be how parents feel when their kids start to grow up.  

The accident she witnessed (narrowly avoided) seemed pretty bad but she said both people in the vehicle that eventually struck a building were both able to get out and walk away.  A shitty way to start a Friday morning but at least they're okay.

The time we have on this planet is limited and we don't know how many days we have left.  We'd all like to think that we'll all grow old and die of some natural cause but unfortunately that isn't the case for some people.  I've already been to three funerals for kids i went to high school with and i haven't even had my 10 year reunion yet.  

Death is a topic that i've definitely interested in and even took a class on in college.  It's the great equalizer.  We are all going to die.  No matter if you're rich or poor, black or white, etc. etc.  Death isn't something to be feared.  It can be thought of as simply a transition.  At birth, we went from our mother's womb into this "real" world.  That was probably a scary transition, too, but one we are all happy to have gone through.

Since we are all going to die, why not try to learn as much about it before you face it?  Death is looked at completely different in some other cultures.  In America, it's not something we like to talk about or witness first hand.  We hand our dead off to "trained professionals" shortly after passing and don't see the body again until calling hours when they look like mannequins.  It doesn't have to be this way.