Dec 21, 2013

Silly Epiphanies: Leveling Up

The Epiphany

Leveling works both ways.


When I started writing this, I was in a really motivated place.  I had gotten to the point where running errands after work didn't feel like the end of the world, and I was managing to fit in some exercise and eating better.  And it felt like a game.  Each new positive, beneficial thing I did was another level I had reached.  However, life really isn't a game.  You don't just reach a level and then stay there until you achieve the next one.  Each achievement (if it involves a lifestyle change, anyway) needs to be continually worked on.

So I suppose I could still say I'm leveling up, buuut... it's also possible to level down.  And what I should really be proud of is not the achievements themselves, but the lack of backsliding and losing all my progress.  Because maintenance is a lot less fun than getting started.  Leveling up is good, but not leveling down is even better.

Dec 14, 2013

Tossing Pennies in a Fountain: An Exercise in Wishful Thinking

Wishing for things without taking action is often silly and pointless.  We've come a long way since the days where Disney taught our children that wishing on a star was all they needed to do to be successful.  But isn't it fun?  I still toss pennies in the fountain at the mall, and I still indulge myself in wishful things every now and again.  So here's my pennies for this year...

I would like to live in a world where:
  1. People actually treated each other the way they'd like to be treated
  2. Smokers didn't toss their cigarettes all over the place
  3. The legal system wasn't complicated to the point that the common man can't understand it without a lawyer
  4. Recycling bins and trash cans were treated as separate entities
  5. People weren't afraid to embrace new ideas
  6. Parents didn't pass their prejudices on to their children
  7. Holidays were more about family and celebration than commercialism
  8. Infomercials were abolished and all ads were funny like the ones on ESPN
  9. Everyone was as much a "people person" as they are when they're drunk
  10. More people read for fun
  11. Drivers used their turn signals
  12. I was already the person I want to be!