Turning 44 years old

survivalistWell crap, I turn 44 years old years old in few days.  Age, kinda like weight, has a way of creeping up on you.  It seems like only a few weeks ago I was in high school, only a couple of days ago my kids were being born.  Somewhere in the middle of working and raising my kids, I seemed to be getting a years older every time the calendar rolled around.

I don’t guess growing old is that bad.  Everyday is a learning experience, everyday is a growing experience, everyday I learn something new.  When we stop learning and stop growing, we start dying.  Maybe “dying: is a bad word, more like we start degrading, or declining.

As I grow older there are a couple of things I have noticed.  My energy level i not what it used to be, and its getting more difficult to keep the weight off.

My weight issues started when I moved away from the welding shops.  Instead of being on my feet for 8 – 12 hours a day, I was sitting at a desk working on a computer.

There is an old saying “if you do not use something, you lose it”.  This goes for everything from a flashlight to muscle tone. Since I am no longer doing manual labor, I can feel my muscle tone decreasing.  It would be almost impossible for me to work a full time job at a desk, and maintain the same amount of endurance that I had from working 10 and 12 hour shifts in the welding field.

All things in life have a negative and a positive, its what keeps hings in balance.  This balance is what keeps the earth rotating the sun, keeps our feet on the ground.

Over the years I have learned to appreciate the simple things, such as taking my kids fishing, riding on the river in a flat bottom boat,,, but then again, I have always enjoyed those things.

What is life is important?  Money is nice, having a nice home is nice, having a nice car is nice.  The important things are the things that money can not buy.  The important things are good health, a good relationship with your friends and family, and peace of mind.

As I get older, I find myself wanting peace of mind more then just about anything.

Some of the things I have learned over the years,

Voting for the two major parties is a waste of time.  It does not matter if you vote for the democrats or republicans, the voters are going to get raped up the ass when either party wins.  If you want real change, vote third party.

The more you eat, the more weight you put on.

We are victims of our own decisions.  Unless someone sticks a gun to our side, and forces us to be a victim, we become willing victims.

The heros in life, are the ones that treat others with the highest level of respect.

We should know the difference between those that care for us, and those that do not care, then treat each group accordingly.