As we reflect on the life of Robin Williams and all the media that is circulating, I can’t help but wonder about how things could have been different.
I can’t help but think about the difference it would have made if he knew the true impact that he had on people’s lives. Whether he was doing stand-up, SNL, or a movie, he was almost always making us laugh. But because he was such a great actor, he could also bring us to tears with his poignant portrayals and bringing to life situations and emotions that we have ourselves gone through. I, for one, have been moved and captivated by his time here on earth. I’m sure you have too. I wonder if he really knew that. I wonder if he really understood his impact.
What can make a difference
To all those who will begin working out next week – my advice from working out for many, many years is to go easy and don’t kill yourself.
Give yourself an extra week or two to let your body get used to working out again, especially if you haven’t done if for an extended period. You may even need to go more slowly for 3-4 weeks.
People think being sore equates to strength and gain. That’s not necessarily the case.
It’s far better to start out a little slower, save your joints and ligaments and let your muscles build up to what you want them to do slowly vs. blowing them out, ending up with overstretched tendons and ligaments and crying sore muscles.
It was interesting to hear a family member say to me recently, that “you are ‘lucky’ you’ve never been addicted to anything”.
That’s an interesting perspective..
This whole time I thought it was by choice.
Working in the biomedical field for the past 12 years and having worked in a detox center for a year, I certainly understand there are circumstances, both biological and psychological that can impact our decisions.
But, for me personally, I have made conscious choices not to be ‘addicted.’ So rather than considering myself lucky, I just try to stay aware of what the consequences will be when I make a choice, to do or not do something, and let that be my guide.
Would I like to eat chocolate desserts all day, spend more money, and take illegal substances to make me look bigger and stronger, so I didn’t have to work out as hard, ABSOLUTELY!!
But I look at the long term ramifications of those choices and choose not to do those things.
Therefore, I don’t consider myself ‘lucky,’ I just try to be prudent about the choices I’m faced with.
I’m sure this will cause some debate, which is fine, but I don’t want to think that my life is guided by ‘luck’, but rather by conscientious decisions led by weighing pros and cons and seeing the bigger picture. I don’t want to be a victim of circumstance, but a collaborator in my own destiny.