Work, exercise, family, sleep.

July 30, 2006

One would think life would be simple. After a person has finished where he or she wants to be with schooling, life is just managing these four things. Get up in the morning and go to work, whether it’s working for someone or working for yourself. One just has to get up and work for 8, 10 or 12 hours. Exercise is pretty much essential to good health and fitness, so getting on a bike or lifting weights or running or doing yoga should be a natural thing at the end of the day (or in the morning even). Family is most important of all and that should be life’s greatest joy. We should love our kin and enjoy spending time with them, for they are closest to us, right? Sleep should be a gift. After perfectly sailing through each day, one should just reach somnolence the moment one arrives on the sheets.

But it doesn’t work that way, does it. Work for a lot of people is not something to love or least of all something to which one looks forward. Few people leap from bed on Monday morning smiling at the prospect of the beginning of a work week. Even those who love their jobs can be overwhelmed. Moreover, there are those among us who avoid work like a sickness! Exercise is easier for some. It can provide escape from work and even a mild euphoria if it’s done with vigor. Yet, who among us fails to exercise enough? Almost all of us who have a routine break it and many people would not exercise if you paid them to do it. Family? It’s important, but, sadly, people don’t always get along. I’ve written enough about insomnia for you to get the idea where I stand on sleep.

We’re not perfect. Should we just give up? Should we stop trying so hard? Should we let entropy and age have their way with us?

Nope. Can’t do it. Why not? Because it’s even worse than the alternative! Only the wealthy or disabled don’t have to work and people who are wealthy often work too. Waking hours have to be filled with something. A person can at least try to pick something he or she really likes doing. Not being fit really leads to bad things. Yes, we’ll all die anyway, but it can be more painful if a person doesn’t exercise. It might mean the difference of staving off diabetes and having decent later years instead of horrific ones. No one wants to be incontinent, incompetent and in a wheelchair in a nursing home. Family is a person’s pleasure and cross to bear. Enjoy your family members and help them when you can. As far as sleep is concerned, even I have to admit that the days where I hit work, exercise, family successfully (and maybe throw in some hobbies as well) are days I sleep the best. If not, there’s always drugs.


One Response to “Work, exercise, family, sleep.”

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