Friday, May 28, 2010

Reflections from the Graveyard

When I ride my bike outside part of my route includes riding through a graveyard. People always look at me weird when I share this information. For me it’s not creepy at all and I look at it as visiting all the graves that have no visitors. Part of the reason I started to ride through was because the lack of traffic makes it the perfect place for me to do speed work.

So yesterday, while I was out for my early morning ride, my mind started wandering. I was looking at the dates on the tombstones and saw a wide range between those who lived long lives and those who didn’t and it got wondering what the difference in lifestyles was between them. How many of them died early because they didn’t take care of their health? How many of them lived full, productive, and happy lives because they did take care of themselves?

I really believe that my journey to better health has added more years between now and the time I will be only a memory in the lives of those who know me.  My hope is that I will be one of ones who lived a full, productive, and happy life because I took good care of myself.

I think from this point forward every time I ride through the graveyard I will give myself a pat on the back because every ride I take is one more step I have taken to live a healthier life.

Quote of the Day: “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” ~ Goethe


  1. Good point. Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the health benefits as I'm losing weight because I'm focusing on how I look. But the health part is most important!

  2. What a good way to look at things. It's true, and I even just read an article about how the more steps you take (or strokes of the peddle, I guess :) ) the healthier you are!

  3. I'm from the south and we have many beautiful cemetaries full of moss-draped Oak trees, willow tree lined ponds with swans floating about, azaleas for miles. It is a beautiful place to walk and reflect and affirm oneself to life. Though many feel that is weird. It's like that Bob Greene motto...Live your BEST Life.

  4. I don’t know how should I give you thanks! I am totally stunned by your article. You saved my time. Thanks a million for sharing this article.