Today’s Reverb10 prompt comes from Jake Nickell, founder of Threadless.com: “What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)”
I should have focused on my health.
I probably worked out a total of 30-40 days out of the 365. I did start eating a bit healthier, but not as healthy as I wanted to. I don’t want to be a vegetarian, but I do want to cut certain sweets and fats out of my diet. I have a goal of living a long time (80 years plus), and I realize that at the rate I’m going I will be lucky to make it that long.
Sure, there are things that one cannot prepare for or do anything about – such as cancer. I can, however, try to minimize the risk of diabetes (which my dad has) by taking out a lot of the sugar in my diet, and take other preventative measures to stay healthy and fit. I have had a heart murmur since I was young. It hasn’t caused any serious trouble yet, but I don’t want to get to the point where it does. Therefore, I should be exercising my heart every single day, and I have not done that.
Will I do it?
I will do my best at remembering every day that I would like to live for a long time. I will do my best to remember that for every meal, I have the opportunity to make healthy choices (no matter how busy I am!). I will do my best to remember that I should focus less on the outside of my body (belly fat, man boobs, etc.), and more on my insides (heart, liver, etc.) because that’s what will keep this body moving for another 50+ years.
How about you? What “should” you have done in 2010 that you will now do in 2011?