Dear Unhappy Former Self,
At lot has changed since we parted ways…
The basic differences are easy to point out. First and foremost, I am in a lot better shape than you. I am about 60 pounds lighter and a whole lot more agile and flexible. Whereas, you got winded after a 50 ft dash to answer the phone, I can now maintain a dead sprint for half a mile at sea level without losing my breath. It might seem hard to believe but I also heal faster than you. Injuries and bruises are gone sooner for me than they are for you. The world reacts in better ways to my presence than it does to yours. When people give me a double take, it is no longer to make sure I am not trying to sneak candy into a movie theater.
I also feel a whole lot better than you. I sleep less hours but feel more rested. I have more energy but eat less sugar. My mind feels sharper but I take no medications. I am better at doing mental math, remembering names and communicating my ideas. I have improved focus, stamina and discipline. You have cheap beer and even cheaper promises.
You were an important part of my life but like a negative friend, you were holding me back. The same wit we shared is no longer the single string that keeps me alive in social situations.
I now have purpose, goals and confidence.
Simply put, I decided to dump you. No more excuses. No more whining. No more accepting the world as it was. It wasn’t me, it was you. The break up was difficult but put frankly, I realized I could do better than you.
I decided to make diet and exercise a priority and made the decision to fully commit myself to my life list. It was hard at first but gradually I started to become better than you. My priorities became clear and I started to gain momentum. I started to take more chances and slowly started to learn what was possible.
We share a lot in common, you and I. We both have the same hard past experiences that we can choose to allow to limit us. We still have the same fears and the same faults.
You wake up every morning with a smile and optimism for tomorrow.
I wake up every morning with a smile and optimism for today.
I make change happen now.
Hope is not lost for you. You can still become whatever or whoever you want. That burst of inspiration that occasionally enlightens you, can still be turned into action. The only variable is you. You must decide to cultivate that change in yourself. It won’t be a caring friend, a successful co-worker or a concerned doctor that turns the steering wheel of your life, it will have to be you. You are not the best version of yourself, you can improve. Make the decision to act! If you do, a happier future awaits.
A much happier you :-)
Hey Danny, just checked out your Tedx talk! Really proud of you for taking action and accomplishing so many of your goals! And good job on the weight loss too! :)
I am currently living with a 300 pound female artist who focuses mostly on painting portraits of naked people and cats. She doesn’t speak a word of English (only Catalan) but seems very nice. Our short conversations consist mostly of me saying “Bueno” and “Gracias” a lot (I am a very polite spanish speaker) and have on more than one occasion devolved into us talking to each other through Google Translate.
I think we both think the living arrangement is kind of fun. ;-p
At the beginning of the week, we had a chat that was different than the ones before it.
“Something something something, amigo, no cama, tres dias, something something something”, she told me with a huge smile.
So, I'm exploring how to make great coffee.
The thing about making great coffee is that it means something different to everyone. Here's what it means to me: The coffee is dark and flavorful. It doesn't taste like it's watered down. It has a great aroma and makes me smile when I drink it. I guess this blog is really about how to maximize the 'smile' factor.
I'm no coffee pro or snob. Just a guy who wants better-than-average coffee. My colleague Jeremia, who knows a heck of a lot more about coffee than I do, just informed me the other day that the lighter blends actually have more caffeine than darker blends, because the caffeine is roasted out of coffee the longer it roasts. Now there's a guy who knows his coffee. To thank him for that pearl of knowledge, I just bought him some raw Luwak coffee, straight from Indonesia. We'll see what he does with that bad boy.
Today I tested three burr coffee grinders to figure out which one was best: the Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder , Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, and Mr. Coffee BVMC-BMH23 Automatic Burr Mill Grinder . Previously we had been using the Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder but the coffee just wasn't coming out with enough flavor.