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Dreams (Sprint 4/Day 1)

Monday, November 05, 2012

My parents are retired. They've been retired for quite a while now -- about 15 years or so. They were able to retire quite young. Every November, they go to Myrtle Beach for the month, and then they return again in January for a couple of months. My kids and I often visit them for March break.

My younger sister has learning disabilities. She has been deemed unemployable and receives a disability pension. She's 38 years old, has her own apartment and is certainly able to fend for herself -- she can cook, clean, do laundry, etc. She lives in the same town as my parents and has gone to Myrtle Beach with them for a couple of weeks this month. She doesn't seem to have any friends as far as I know. Her life seems to revolve around my parents and the other members of our family who live in their town. My sister has struggled with weight problems for a long time now. She's 5 feet tall, and somewhere around 285 pounds. She has difficulty sustaining any level of physical activity.

Sometimes, if I'm honest, I'm a little jealous of my sister. Although her life is very different from mine, and it's difficult for me to imagine being so attached to my parents as an adult, she seems to be happy. She basically has everything done for her (she eats all of her meals at my parents house and my mom does her laundry for her) and she can do whatever she wants with her time. She can just pack up and go to Myrtle Beach with my parents. They drive, so she doesn't really even have to worry about the cost of getting there. Sometimes I think it would be nice not to have any real commitments on my time, other than the ones I choose. To be able to spend my days taking care of myself, my house, my kids. To not have to worry about going to a job, trading my time for money, planning out how to spend my too few vacation days. To not have to worry about losing my job given how my company is doing right now, and then worry about finding another job that will likely be equally as unsatisfying as this one, and in all likelihood pay less and have fewer benefits.

How do you find success and make money doing something you like? This guy says that it's not only possible, but that it's absolutely what you should be doing (be warned, some adult language in this video): www.youtube.com/watch?fe
. I want that -- to spend my days doing something I'm good at and truly enjoy and make a living doing it. I don't need to be a millionaire. Of course if I could be a millionaire, I wouldn't say no.

Anyway, just some musings about the state of my life. It might seem like it doesn't have anything to do with weight loss, but I think it does. It's sometimes hard to focus on getting my weight down when I feel so trapped in other areas of my life.

Today's song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=

I'll work on getting the tracking charts together for tomorrow's blog.
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