Man’s best friend
Well, my dog is as the saying goes “sick as a dog”. I really doubt she’ll make it through the night. I thought I could express myself here because I don’t know what else to do. I’m not sure if feeling helpless or reminiscing on our many adventures is worse at the moment. Actually what hurts most is my lack of gratitude on her amazing service and friendship over the last decade. She’s a good dog and my first ever dog that the family and I got as a puppy and lived her entire life under my roof. Two of my daughter’s were born under here watchful eyes and grew up with her. My oldest was only four when we went and picked her out. I can still remember picking her out because of a cute little black spot on her hind quarters that set her apart from her siblings. Tonight as I sit helpless I wish I was a better daddy to her. I reflect on all times she begged to take a ride in my truck and I left her home because it was a inconvenience to me. I think of the times I was tired and didn’t make her a good dinner and just have her a scoop of dried dog food. I know in my heart tomorrow I’ll have to go bury her, I know this is it for her. 11 years old for a big old American Bulldog is a good run. I’ll miss you Daisy May. Make your days count because things change so quick.
Hunt to eat
Imagine the quantity of meat you’d consume if you stalked an animal for two days before finally killing it?
Exercise bad for your health
This may irritate quite a few people, but I believe that excess exercise is not the best idea for longevity and health. Obviously we’ve all heard of people dieing in marathons and ultra distance races, but that’s not what i am talking about. I am talking about people who train and workout year round. Even low impact training like jogging can wear down the body and the cumulative pounding of the joints is not good for aging well. I have friends who train year round and I can’t help believe that they’re later years in life will come with much suffering. I am not even forty years old yet but can feel the areas in my body that are “worn”. My knees and lower back have suffered from years of constant trips to the gym. Thousands of deadlift repetitions and countless games of pick up basketball games. I believe that rest periods mixed in would have done me some good. I now regard health as important as strength and yes they are mutually exclusive. I’ve decided to practice my strength training without damaging my health, with much longer rest periods between workouts. I’ve been reading “Body by Science” and although it is something completely different from what I’ve ever done or been taught, I agree with its philosophy, and general conclusions. I’ve begun training once a week on machines with a super slow cadence. Timing my time under tension over total repetitions. I’m a guy used to throwing around kettlebells with explosive force, not moving at a snails pace on an exercise machine. If it proves to be effective in gaining strength while saving my joints for future use, i am all for it. Stay tuned, I will keep the blog updated on the journey.
Wants are different than desires
The key to happiness is eliminating as much as possible your wants, while chasing like hell your desires. Wants come from a negative place and make you unhappy. I want a new job, I want a better car, I want a new spouse, all spring from deep fear. While desiring things that bring you extreme happiness come from excitement and joy. Desire racing down the highway on a sports bike because it makes super happy? Then go get it. Desires come from a good place, excitement and joy, wants come from fear. Figure out the difference and go for it.