Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I was just looking at my maintenance ticker and recalling that when I was 19 I worked at a major corporation that used to sponsor "Mystery!" when I was a kid. Our department was called the Engineering department. We handled issues with the physical facilities that happened through negligence, vandalism, and even some criminal mischief. It took a few weeks to realize what we were responsible for could be called maintenance.
And I guess there's more to healthy lifestyle than cleaning floors that don't have any visible dirt. This is what I associate with the maintenance at the school I attended as a child. One thing that we saw in the Engineering department was when someone left a car on a lift overnight. It didn't seem like a big deal, but then it would shift and wind up wedged between the gear or even the floor and the ceiling. Nearly everyday, somewhere in America, some kid would think it was funny to put an M-80 (a quarter stick of dynamite) into one of the toilets. And you wondered why gas station toilets are so often out of order. Another insult which may have been negligence or criminal was "drive off" or someone driving away with a nozzle still in their gas tank.
So I guess where I'm going with this is that Engineering (maintenance) involves overcoming the universal effects of entropy, whether through carelessness, a misguided concept of fun, or outright sabotage. We think it won't matter if we let our fitness slide. We fall into youthful patterns of eating for amusement. And maybe we or someone close to us reasons "What's it going to hurt? You're normal now, you don't have to keep depriving yourself."
And so I guess it's important to remember that eating right isn't deprivation, it's nourishing. Eating junk isn't fun, it's vandalism. My body is counting on me to make the right choices and not cut corners.