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