Tuesday, May 14, 2013
My local news radio station, KMOX, announces birthdays every weekday morning just before 7 AM. One of the "happy birthday" voices says, "This is the *best* birthday ever!" I'm sure that's a clip from some movie I've never seen, but it kind of sticks with you.
I started thinking that today is the best Tuesday ever -- well, at least it's the best Tuesday of this week -- and tomorrow will be the best Wednesday of the week, because each day that is given to us is a chance to do a little better than before. Today, I can drink 8 more ounces of water than I did yesterday, or eat one more piece of fruit than yesterday, or walk a couple of steps more than I did yesterday....
Two weeks ago tomorrow, I took a quick road trip up to New York City and Long Island. The NYC thing was because an old classmate, who is now a Blues musician living in Stockholm, Sweden, was coming in for a show, and a few of us were getting together for an informal reunion. The Long Island portion was to see my brother and his family - my nephew Aidan is 8, and I haven't seen him since he was three months old, and my niece, Emma, is 5, and we hadn't met at all.
Now anyone who knows me, knows I love to drive hard, and this was a great chance for me to unwind. And I was great until I got out of Pennsylvania, and hit New Jersey, in rush hour. St. Louis doesn't have the hyper-aggressive stop n'go traffic they do back East, and I was not exactly ready for it mentally. (I did not learn to drive in NY, I got my license in St. Louis, several years after I moved to the Midwest.)
I actually pulled off the road and had a crying jag/panic attack -- I couldn't face having to drive through Manhattan to get to Long Island.
I was terrified to do it.
I even had a text ready to send to my brother and my friend Barb, who was going to the show with me, "Sorry, I just can't do it, I need to go home."
And then I stopped and breathed. I realized that I really *did* want to see all of these people, and, at 50, this might be my last chance to drive to New York. Was I going to let the *thought* of the traffic defeat me?
Long story short: I went, I drove, I had a great time.
But wait, there's more!!
I realized that I need to channel that determination right back into my diet & health outlook, and get back on that highway to weight loss too.
That's what makes this the best Tuesday ever.