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Monday, November 21, 2005

Quiz: What is important in your life?

Health is most important in your life.

Having a high focus on health indicates that you are very health-conscious and you realize that if you don't have your health, you have nothing. You are devoted to living healthy.

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While most people ask about what you do for a living in a conversation, I am more likely to ask what your resting heart rate is.

The way I see it, it is a zero sum game. If you abuse your health now for your career / children, you will pay for it later, be it in the form of medical or burial fees.

Whenever I visit national parks and observe old folks hobbling around on walkers or being pushed around on wheelchairs, in the attempt to "experience the great wilderness" for the first time, I feel a certain sense of sadness. Where were they when they were younger? Why didn't they do this when they were younger, and able to run, jump, climb, leap off trees into chilly lakes, ponds or rivers, camp overnight in the snow? Why? Now, even if they had 100 times the wealth of Bill Gates, they have no means to even leave the paved trail without assistance, let alone trail blaze and travel cross country. All they can do now is to take in the sights, live vicariously through their scion, and hope for a painless death. Poor bastards.

Noticed that Family scored 0.0%. Man, this is going to give more ammo to my brother (who constantly snipes at me with the fact that my name and "Cain" end on the same letter).

Be that as it may, I believe this is an appropriate moment to bludgeon my readers with yet for another quote from Edward Abbey:

One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for awhile and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: You will outlive the bastards.

Have you lived today?


Blogger zeenie said...

Damn, i knew i've been meaning to do something. LOL
Honestly, i have to admit to not living very much since moving back here. It's just too insane. Sigh. Kinda yearn for the days of earning less but living more.

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