Glawe's Outlook

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Just enjoying the ride

I heard a saying this week that I think will be my motto for the rest of my life - "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, 'WOO, HOO what a ride!"

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

I, like many, have worried about my weight all my life and have gone up and down on the scale many times. (I haven't been down for a good while, however.) We never really know when our lives will come to an end; I don't want to be in the middle of some goofy diet, depriving myself of a piece of cheesecake or some other ooey, gooey dessert (my downfall) and then get hit and killed by a Hostess Cupcake truck. What a bummer that would be! That is why, dessert comes first.

I know exercise is important - it's been drilled in to our heads. There was a time in my life when I had time, took time, for exercise and it was good. Unlike some of those exercise nuts that have matching socks, headbands and sweat suits - in five different colors - I have not. I vow not to be in tip top shape and I most certainly will not be well-preserved. I will eat dill pickles but I will not swim in the excess vinegar and spice mixture to keep my body pickled. (Some may prefer to do that with the wine, that was referred to in my new motto.)

As for looking good - I hope to have lipstick on when I go - that will be as attractive as I need to get.

I figure God has treated us here on Earth by providing all these good things to eat and drink; it would be disrespectful if we ignored them. Some would argue saying God wants us to respect our bodies and take care of them - and that means not eating or drinking high caloric foods or drinks and exercising our bottoms off. (Is that attractive?)

I believe each side is right - God wants us all to be happy.

There are many more things I would like to do in my life before it is over; there must be some other activities that I can take part in to wear my body out - I'll be on the look out for some of them.

It will be important to carry a chocolate bar with me wherever I go from now on - just in case. That shouldn't be difficult because my daughter (and each member of her junior class) has a suitcase of chocolate bars to sell as a fundraiser for the prom; I'll be stocking up.

Think about my motto; grab some chocolate and wine (if you prefer) and enjoy your ride.