Early this morning I had a short run, just a few miles while it was getting light. Also the first frost of the autumn and another glimpse of those lovely early morning mists lingering down in the valleys. All is well.
It was also the maiden voyage for my new running shoes - Brooks Vapour 9 - pretty good and more about these another time. I found myself thinking of the cost of all this sportiness, keeping fit and healthy living. On one hand I could feel a tinge of guilt (public sector pay freeze, rising prices etc.. mean we are well over £3k worse off a year) and then I thought some more. Throughout our married life, over 15 years now, we have each had a critical illness policy. These don't come cheap but I have always justified it as my monthly invoice for staying free from critical illnesses.
Some readers will know I quit my gym membership earlier this year and again I had no problem in justifying the cost of the membership while I had it. Buying an occasional pair of running shoes, entering the odd race, buying this or that all adds up. So how do I justify it? It is simple. Without investing the time, effort and a little money in keeping fit means I stay in good health physically AND mentally.
Many times I have come close to quitting my job because of the stress and anxiety it causes and one would have to ask what benefit of quitting would it bring for my family? Probably real hardship before too long. It would lead me to feel even more anxious if I were not providing for my family and the guilt would be profound together with the long term consequences. The good Lord has given me a job and a brain to do it, plus a means of handling the stress.
How about you?