Self evaluation has been on my mind lately. I am getting old and since I work in healthcare, it is easily seen how diseases eat away at life. Lately I have felt very fatigued which I contribute to smoking too many cigarette really. When I am at home smoking is far more than at work. At work, I smoke 3 cigarettes in 12 hours, maybe 4, but at home, I smoke a pack and sometimes two throughout the day when I am off. Working or not, a carton of cigarettes are smoked a week, sometimes more.
Also, I am heavy, too heavy for a healthy body. Although I do not think my cholesterol is high due to limited red meat intake, I am fat. My job is very stressful. That being said, there is one more thing. I am female and am reaching the age where menopause starts. For a woman, when menopause occurs important hormones end which protect us from heart disease. Since heart disease is prevalent in my family, I now have a higher risk of death!
So I have four critical risk factors that are certainly killers. It is time to make some changes. It would be hell to complete this painting after all these years and fall over dead. Just as I have made plans for this painting, essentially it has taught me a form of discipline by following through on goals in certain timeframes. It is important to make certain goals for extending my life because now, I am a “dead man walking” and I am quite positive that is a fact.
Today I am not painting or working on the journals. I am writing this blog then setting a course for victory against an adversary, what my mother called “the boogeyman”. She told me a long time ago that he was after me which was quite disturbing but I looked at it with the typical: “Yea sure, that happens to other people” attitude. I’ve seen enough to know that if it isn’t you or the guy down the street, it is me…I am the other person.
I used to be quite athletic. I was the pitcher for my softball team, used to run like the wind and was the fullback on the soccer team. I won the trophy in high school for arm wrestling and beating everyone, male and female. I was the greatest tomboy and fearless. Not to admit to ever breaking the law, I could say that one time “I dreamt of driving a car 168 miles an hour”…;) That would have been a foolish thing to do. There is a value on life and today I will acknowledge it.