Dog days of summer indeed. Summer reminds me of simpler times (if there was really such a thing); of lazy days, vacations, and playing; always playing.
Even now as adults (I didn’t say grown-ups because some of us are not there yet), it is the time you usually plan your vacations, unwind, recharge, get away from it all.
What if you like the time off too much and don’t come back at all? What if it’s six months instead of one week?
I’m only pretty sure I can’t take it anymore
Ok, maybe just today but what if it does turn into one week, one month, one year? We all go through the up and down cycles in here, do you plow through or back off?
Is there anything I am going to miss?
Absolutely, I have made some really great friends through social. Forget about whether they are real or not; they are real enough for me and if any of you turn out to be an ax murderer, I live in a gated neighborhood so you might have trouble getting to me anyway.
I wonder how it’s going to be when you don’t know me anymore
Remember that guy? Who? He used to be somebody, right?
Way back in my early days I did a post about friends vs acquaintances. It came down to who you could count as your true friends; those who you would invite to a party; and then just people you know and are cordial with at social events.
The best analogy I’ve heard was from Dino Dogan who said ‘I have 10 friends who will help me move furniture, but only 2 who will help me move a body.’
Sure, we will still know you; but if you move out of the neighborhood, it just won’t be the same.
I wonder how it’s going to be when it goes down?
This sounds like a swan song, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, that’s really not my style; I’m the guy who slips out the back door so I don’t have to run the gauntlet telling everyone good bye. I’ll just be gone and leave with the caveat, ‘you just never know where I might turn up. ‘
Real life is calling
I won’t lie; social has turned me into a toad. I could easily lose 10 lbs, if not 15. Well, not easily lose them, but I need to make them go away.’ My problem is I like to eat….a lot and my activity level has not kept pace with my voracious appetite. I do go to the gym 3-4 times a week, but the effort I have been putting in is not keeping pace with the grub.
Going forward; I currently have the golf bug again. Whereas you wouldn’t think riding in a cart for 18 is much exercise, but when it’s 96 degrees and 100% humidity in the middle of a swamp, it sure feels like a workout.
Tennis; I’m playing once a week (at night) with a good friend of mine. As long as I can keep my feet and legs healthy we will continue to play singles.
Running; Why does it feel like I’m carrying a piano on my back when I run now? I have committed to running in the Disney 1/2 marathon in January as part of a wellness initiative my largest client is implementing at their place of business. The health insurance carrier is paying for it and will have participants and that has extended to me, the broker as well. I think there will be at least 7 from my office.
Biking; instead of going home and getting that cold, delicious, nice sparkling glass of wine, I’m committed to getting my tired, fat ass out 2-3 times a week after work.
Swimming; fuhgetaboutit. I tried it and I hate it; if you think running is boring, swimming is a snoozer. At least with running you can just walk anytime you feel like it.
Fat boy likes to eat too much so I had to do something; I’m not ready to buy new pants yet.
So, just do it then
As we all know, there are only so many hours in a day. However, I want to make sure I fully enjoy my in real life activities, so they will be taking a higher priority than my social online activities.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention my day job. I might have some exciting news here in the next couple of weeks, and if I do, it will be something that takes an additional time and attention commitment from me as well.
So, are you gone?
Nope, but I have thought about it. I’m the 30-yr guy, remember? I don’t let go of things easily; however, I have visioned what the landscape looks like without me; pretty barren, huh? Yeah right, in my dreams…..
I love you guys, you are my thread.