An update from the Commonwealth games. My previous post covered the first day of track cycling competition with 2 Gold for Australia from 3 events. Yesterday there were another 3 events decided and we took all 3 Gold. Today another 3 and our worst display so far with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Back to our regular programming
I’ve been feeling a bit pressured. Study, family, health. Completely normal for an overweight family man I guess. This week I’ve been actively pursuing improvement, stability and calm. Creating some new habits and restructuring my activities. And what did I find?
Study was a bit of an easy fix. Do some. I have attended every lecture, tutorial and practical but I noticed on Wednesday that we were into week 4 of the semester and I hadn’t opened a text book yet. So I have had very little sleep over the last 3 nights while I caught up. 16 chapters at an average of 96 pages each is heavy going.
Family was easy. It’s all going well, but they are always on my mind. I don’t want my family to suffer from my focus on other areas.
Health. What can I say? My riding is going OK. My weight loss hit a plateau so, as I mentioned in my last post, I have started a food diary. It seems to have worked, I have lost 4.3kg (9.4lb) in 6 days. I must have been grazing a little too heavily while I wasn’t sleeping.
With the realization that there was a need to improve came a weight. A pressure. It was purely internal, but it was definitely there. And it was horribly uncomfortable so I went searching for a comfortable place to contemplate the changes I needed.
I found my happy place.
Music, reading, riding, hugs.
Music soothes the soul. My MP3 player has been wearing a track around the 1980’s – with a little bit of carefully selected variation from the ‘60s (thank you Mr Cash), ‘70s (thank you Mr Rogers) and smattering of recent stuff (thank you Mr Dogg).
I relax by reading. Mostly non-fiction stuff. It feels good to be productive, to expand my mind. Now I’m an addict. I got steered towards a Stephen Hawking book recently. Somehow I managed to leave the bookstore with 5 hardcovers. All about physics. I know. It’s a sickness. It’s easy to relax when the scenery is like the photo below. It was taken this week on campus.
Then there’s the bike. Riding is about the most calming influence I have ever experienced. Just me, the fresh air and the knowledge that I’m improving myself. The time I spend on my bike is unbelievably cleansing for the mind as well as the body.
Playing with my kids. ‘nuf sed.
That’s all it takes for me to calm myself. Music, reading, riding, hugs. Half an hour of anything on this list and I’m as good as new. The only trick is finding the half hour. But it’s worth the effort.
Where do you go to recharge?
“Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” – Alex “Hitch” Hitchens