Why am I posting this excerpt from Steinbeck? As I read this; I imagine an older stubborn, proud, man who was about to embark on a long arduous journey who refused to become a burden on his family and friends and who refused to stop living just because of his age or his physical condition. I admire his vigor and his resilience.
The main reason I am posting this is because I see a lot of similarities to the feelings Stienbeck is expressing and the way I feel sometimes. If I can add from my own journey; I would like to add a few comments to the rant above.
- I have lost weight and gotten active so I can live life and enjoy myself not to prolong life and postpone death. Life is not about how many years you can sneak by death but about being healthy enough to enjoy every year we are blessed with.
- I am not interested in hearing about all the things I can't or shouldn't do. If I want to have a big juicy burger or a cold beer that doesn't mean I am going to get fat again. It simply means I wanted to eat a burger and drink a beer.
- I don't care about having the biggest biceps or lifting the most weight. I want to be strong enough to do whatever I chose to do. I exercise so that I can live; I do not live so that I can exercise
- We are meant to live our lives to the maximum, we are meant to have a lot of fun and help a lot of people and bring a lot of glory to God; and I, like John Steinbeck resent the notion that I should forgo the quality of life just to add to the quantity.
Not that any person or event has prompted this blog... just felt the need to say it aloud... Now... time to get moving I have to get up early in the morning and go running. I hope to have my Bike and a Kayak this weekend... I am pumped
Thanks as always to anyone who may be following along-
Which do you chose Quality or Quantity?