Starting Today

This year I'm turning 50. I went to work yesterday and had no idea that I was supposed to take my son to a birthday party, even though he had been telling me for weeks that he had a party on the 6th. I thought the party was on Saturday the 6th, despite being fully aware that we would be starting house sitting that evening (Friday the 6th).

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I'm not very good with the normal.

I acknowledge that I have trouble with some of the everyday activities that are an important part of leading a healthy, stress-free, and relatively successful (as in 'stay out of trouble') life. This is not a new thing. It's plagued me all my life. I love solving the big life questions, and I often get distracted. But I realise that if I don't conquer the normal, at 50, then (as a health scientist) I have to acknowledge I am increasing my risk of dying early.

Poor health, and stress will increase my risk (as I age) of heart disease, dementia, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions which will limit my quality of life and potentially reduce my length of life. If I'm going to have the adventures I plan on having then I need to conquer the normal.

What does it mean to conquer the normal? Some people seem to do it without a struggle - they manage their time, their finances, their health, their cleaning tasks.  They remember people's birthdays, to retrieve the mail and to put out the bins all without a second thought.  I get distracted by a good book and the thought of a good photo.

This year, I'm going to conquer the normal, without losing sight of the spontaneous. Can it be done?


Photo Credit:

Photo by Melinda Martin-Khan in Private Collection