The Dalai Lama when asked "What surprises you most?"
"Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived."
I love that quote and it touches a nerve with me. I'm pretty damn poor by most standards... sometimes earning below the "poverty line". I would guess my average annual income over the last 10 years falls in the $8000 range. But I have never felt that money made a man rich. I see guys earning 20 times more than me but living 20 times less than me. And in the end isn't living IT?
I spent the day fishing on Walker Ranch (case in point). They were biting early (I was up at 3:00am with my typical insomnia) but I didn't set the hook well enough on the biggest fish of the day and he got away. Ya ya ya... fish story. Fly fishing on a river is crazy hard, very much like stalking prey. I love it.
Tomorrow it's up to a cabin on the Frying Pan River for 4 days to celebrate my 40th birthday. I plan to fish (the river is 30ft from the cabin) with my boys and decompress which I've already been doing. When I decompress I go flat. Exercise is a distant memory to me right now. But I did catch myself this morning mapping out the Leadman calendar and starting points for the various training focuses. Leadman is most likely going to happen.
I can already feel that this break isn't going to last long. I'll be back exercising sooner than later.