This is probably going to be a fairly strange and rambling post, not providing much knowledge to any readers – but it could be entertaining for some nonetheless.
For the past days, weeks, months, years, I have attempted to hide any “free time” that I might have to write and/or create by continually keeping busy with fitness, nutrition, mainstream news outlets, buying and selling stuff on Craigslist and OfferUp – and being the ultimate American Consumer on Amazon. I’ve been able to reason that nothing is more important than my health and fitness, because without it, I simply cannot be of any use to my family or help anyone else. Certainly not all bad ways to spend time (there are worse – and many that I have previously indulged in).
But the main problem is that I have been keeping myself too busy – and too tired to write …. And that is a BIG problem, because I know that I have a NEED to write, just like I have a need to eat, breathe and exercise. This post is the first exercise of me exercising my “writing muscles”. I know it will take time to create the habit of carving out time and actually sitting down to write. Some of my writing time, may actually be recording time when I choose to “Speak to Text” or record audios or videos. But I know I NEED to write – and so I will.
Not too long ago I heard some great advice from comedian Jerry Seinfeld: Write every day. He said that a great tool to do this is a yearly wall calendar – and to put a “Red X” on every day that you write. Before long, there will be a chain of writing events noted on your calendar and each day you will want to keep it up – not wanting to break the chain. After today I will have my first Red X on my calendar.
This morning at just after 4am, I had the great fortune of being able to drive a very interesting man to the airport. When I asked him what kind of work he did, he said he was mostly retired, but worked with Big Data and helping with global health issues. As our conversation deepened, I discovered that he was one of the first people to see the data regarding the now infamous Opioid Crisis.
Once I learned about his volunteer work to help over 2,000 doctors over a 30 year span to get through drug and alcohol addiction, I volunteered that I had once been addicted to Vicodin (long before the major media outlets had started using the term “Opioid Crisis”). But I didn’t stop there.
I went on to tell this complete stranger, that up until just over 3 years ago, I had been addicted to crack cocaine for most of the past 35 years – and that he was only the 3rd person on the planet I had told about this. (and now, just today, in my first new day of writing, I have revealed this to you – and the world). To my great surprise – he said that he was a full on addict for four years – starting when he had unlimited access to pharmaceutical cocaine while in med school. But he has been clean and sober for 30 years.
Sideline quote from the famous Yogi Berra via author Hugh Byrne: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else”.
My super smart and knowledgeable passenger offered to refer me to a great book – which I am super excited about. He has since texted me a link to the book from (above mentioned) author Hugh Byrne called The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All. You can buy it on Amazon, but I no longer want to help link to their site after what they did to their partners who helped build their company.
I am currently listening to Hugh Byrne speak on this YouTube video:
and look forward to listening to his podcast as well.
Now that I have told all the world about my long time addiction to crack, I seem to have the weight of the world off of my shoulders. It’s no fun carrying around a dirty, dirty secret like that – but definitely feels better to “Man Up” and own it. Now I can get to focusing even more on proper nutrition and great fitness to continue to improve myself – and hopefully help a lot of others do the same.
Namaste. (that’s the first time I have ever said or written that word – and am not even sure exactly what it means – but it seems appropriate.
OK – I had to look it up:
Namaste (/ˈnɑːməsteɪ/, Devanagari: नमस्ते, Hindi pronunciation: [nəməsteː] (listen)), sometimes spoken as Namaskar and Namaskaram, is a customary Hindu greeting. In the contemporary era, it is found on the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and among the Hindu diaspora worldwide. It is used both for greeting and leave-taking. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. This gesture is called Añjali Mudrā or Pranamasana.