It feels weird to say it, but I quite like writing. I don’t think I am really that good at it, and I am writing this blog for my kids, or grandkids, or myself so it doesn’t even matter if its good writing or not, but I quite enjoy it.
The more I write the more I like it (yep – exactly how it is with running and even yoga, maybe …).
This article has a few good comments and as always is better put than my own efforts
Writing helps you reflect on your life and changes you’re making. This is incredibly valuable, as often we do things without realizing why, or what effects these things are having on us.
Writing clarifies your thinking. Thoughts and feelings are nebulous happenings in our mind holes, but writing forces us to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order.
Writing daily forces you to come up with new ideas regularly, and so that forces you to solve the very important problem of where to get ideas. What’s the answer to that problem? Ideas are everywhere! In the people you talk to, in your life experiments, in things you read online, in new ventures and magazines and films and music and novels. But when you write regularly, your eyes are open to these ideas
When I was in Dhaka I read a magazine called “Kinfolk” and took a photo of this quote which I quite like and it’s sort of relvant to this post:
- This one could pretty much summarise my worldview – “the world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion” by tom paine.
- This one is good also : “there are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting” reportedly by the buddha (but hard to prove?) . It could also be used about running, in fact its even better that way! ”there are only two mistakes one can make when running; not going all the way, and not starting” (quote me on that!)
On Friday evening I left work at 5pm and caught the train to Newtown to do a handstand class:
It was a good class, 40 odd people. Beforehand I could do a headstand against a wall (with only 1 attempt so didn’t look like a total twat), but handstands were something I have never been able to do. After the class I can definitely do a handstand against a wall but need a bit more practise doing it away from a wall. not too bad for an old geezer.
Saturday was kids soccer in the morning then I took Ko to Miranda to buy a birthday present then took her to a party/sleepover in Maianbar. I was going running but went for a swim in the sun whilst it was still daylight. I finally went running at gone 5pm, along Lady Carrington drive, 20-odd km. Most of it in the dark with a torch. I felt I went quite quick and was stuffed at the finish.
Sunday morning – pick up Ko then go to Caringbah to watch Jaz’ soccer. Then went for a swim. Then went running. I wanted to go further but took a shorter route and was out for 2hrs.
Made a Japanese miso soup for us all for Sunday dinner. Very tired!
I don’t have a tattoo – just never saw the need, and I think the current mania for having a tattoo is a bit dumb. haircuts are ok as they grow out.
Some people say that their tattoos serve as reminders of the most important people and moments in their lives. You know what happens with the most memorable things in my life? I remember them.
At university I heard a theory that people have tattooed on themselves the qualities that they yearn to possess. The wimp gets a tiger, the violent partner a love heart with his wife’s name, the alcoholic a picture of
Jesus. Instead of drawing a picture on yourself of what you want to be, why not just commit to being it?
However I do have both my ears pierced. I started with one ear maybe 15 years ago then I was talking to my daughters (who were having ears pierced at the time) and thought I should get the other one done also as most blokes don’t have both pierced, although it doesn’t mean anything one way or the other.
Now I am older (and wiser?) I don’t need to show, prove or anything to or for anyone. Ummm maybe I should remove them – I don’t have any other jewelry other than my wedding ring and I can’t take that off, you’d have to cut off my finger !
I have been enjoying being at home, and even going to work, and running, and making dinner and doing stuff with the kids – taking them places, helping them out, stopping fights. It’s great. Doing regular day-to-day stuff keeps you grounded.
But I still like my little escapes – running, reading, daydreaming etc…
I took some photos of these little notes that Kody leaves on my desk for me. (Captured for posterity)!
Obviously I was dreading getting up and going to work. Having time off travelling is great – no matter where you go. Having time at home with the family is great even if you don’t do a lot. Going to work – Nein Danke.
I was sore after the weekend’s running so it felt like old times.
I hadn’t logged into vmail or email since I’d left 5 weeks ago so much of the day was spent doing that and repeating my updates of how my trip went so the day passed pretty good.
My only thoughts about work are:
- Need to ensure I get plenty of time off
- It’s important to cut to the chase, make firm decisions quickly, be efficient and move on
- I want to make time to go to the gym with Dawn
At home in the evening I went for a run and bumped into Adriana and family (Ashtanga yoga teacher).
On Friday, still on day off from work, I did a longish swim in preparation for Sunday’s Shark Island 2.3km swim at Cronulla, then I ran for an hour then went to Newtown with the Advanced yoga folk and did a Jivamukti class. It was a great workout and I felt sore and tired afterwards. There were 6 of us and we had a Thai meal in Enmore afterwards. Home at 11.30pm
Saturday was soccer for Chelsea and Kody and we left home at something like 10am and got back at 3.30pm. It was hot so we were all tired. Both kids lost like 10-0 and 10-2. wow. In the evening when it was dark I went out and ran approx 90mins in the dark with a torch thru the bush as part of my 100km training, only 3 weeks to go.
Sunday I woke up and felt sick so skipped the swim and went to watch Jazmin play for the Cronulla Seagulls. She played very well and we were very proud of her. Back home and feeling better I swam a decent swim then went for a run. Then felt buggered but it was ok as we had a family meal together.