We all have days when life isn’t tickety boo. I thought about sharing what artists sang or wrote when today, or tomorrow, is one of those days.
James Taylor shared what he did when “this old world keeps getting me down” by “going up on the roof”. Chumbawamba recorded a workers anthem twenty years ago. In part and in repetition: “I get knocked down, I get up again…” Charles Osgood, of radio and TV commentary fame, wrote a Responsibility poem which sticks with your scribe with personal relevance to wellness, and accountability. A second Charles from boomer remembrance (Kuralt) authored Pretty Good. Yes, life can get hard. And Michael Jackson sang about change – starting with “the Man in the Mirror. (1987)”
So what do these lyrics and phrases have to do with a title of No Excuse, sir for those of us striving to be Well Past Forty? Fair question. Here are three questions to thaty question:
- Are there wintry days when it’s wet, or cold and that conniving, whispery little devil on your shoulder encourages you to hit your snooze button and grab extra slumber time instead of your running shoes? Sure.
- Ever ask yourself, what’s one more day off? I’ll jump-start my regimen again tomorrow. Of course.
- Ever doubt yourself and/or wonder if your invested workout / activity time and talent is really worth the effort? Yes indeed.
I’ve been there, and I suspect that most readers have as well.
Taking those first steps on a blustery morning are priceless. Showing resolve by not skipping a sweat or resistance session, today and tomorrow. Sweating six days a week DOES stretch your telomeres and defer cellular senescence. Of that I am convinced.
No Excuse, sir or ma’am, in my former military mindset, is a responsibility prompt to take that difficult first step, and to invest in something truly important, which is your vitality and longevity. Even if this old world is getting you down. Even if others think that Pretty Good is Good enough (it isn’t in my humble opinion). Let’s not let “pretty good become pretty bad.” Let’s be SOMEBODY whom takes personal responsibility when everybody worries about obesity and metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. Anybody can be accountable, yet nobody often does. Start with that man (or woman) in the mirror.