As I sit here in Houston reading about everyone else's 2010 summer adventures and seeing you'alls great pictures and videos I am thinking back to when I was in my 20's with my whole life in front of me. I especially remember a young doctor advising me at the time to quit smoking, watch my weight, get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, and drink alcohol in moderation or not at all. Ha! What did he know? I was young, in great shape, enjoyed smoking, had a great job, a cute wife, loved an occasional drunk and the world was my oyster. Flash forward 40 years .... I almost died of a heart attack in 2002 (luckily doctors intervened before I had an actual heart attack). I must take medication for the rest of my life. I have a pot belly that is seemingly impossible to get rid of. I drink booze very little. My youthful appearance is a thing of the past, never to return. I still have the cute wife (and some great kids) - well 1 out of 5 ain't bad. So what's the point? Let me pass on the advice that I never heard. 1) Don't smoke. Why? Besides it screwing up the inside of your body, it also makes you age much faster. Once you loose your youthful look, you will never get it back. Why hasten the wrinkles and gray hair? Smoking isn't worth it....and it definitely isn't "cool". It's expensive, unhealthy and dirty...simply put. Quitting smoking is really hard ... hardest thing I ever did. Suck it up and do it if you smoke now. 2) Drink to have fun, not to get drunk. Hey, you only have so many brain cells....why kill them off before you need to. Over the years I discovered I could have even more fun staying somewhat sober and awake! Wow...imagine that.3) As the cruise line ad suggests .... "get out there!" You'll have plenty of time to sit on your duff when you get to be my age :-) Hiking, biking, mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking ... so much to do, so little time. 4) Eat healthy foods. We are surrounded by bad food choices....it's a mine field out there. I am convinced your best bets are in your own grocery cart and kitchen pantry. There are plenty of great tasting foods that are good for you. You are what you eat.
Many that read the above will be just as deaf as I was at 25. Now I am really deaf and wish I had listened to that young doctor so many years ago. Those that DO hear me....Congrats! Live long and prosper!