Training is going okay. I’m making my regular posts on my Dopey Training. This isn’t a post about training, or even running in general. It’s almost a wishlist, but not really.
Damn reality check fairy!
I have such ambitious plans… Marathons, triathlon, french, PMP, courses, licenses, yoga, tai chi, martial arts. I’d like to do my own renovations. But there’s this reality-check fairy that taunts my thinking. It reminds me that there are only 168 hours a week. I work 35 of those, sleep 63 (hopefully) and commute 14 at least. Doesn’t leave too much time for all those other things, so I have to pick and choose. I’d like to think I’m putting the most important things first: Work, family, health, and spending time with my girlfriend.
I feel like I’m in a phase where I want to do everything at once. I have so many ideas, hopes and dreams that I imagine I can do it all! But the Reality Check Fairy gives me a stern look and reminds me that there are only 168 hours in a week. I’m happy with the things I do spend my time on. Sometimes I just wish there was time to do more of them.
I’ve gotten into a pretty good daily rhythm: Wake up, go to work, come home, eat, exercise, go to bed. Even on the weekends I stay pretty structured with my time, between French class, training, sleep and work. Don’t get me wrong; I feel really lucky to be able to work and train like this. And I’m really glad my motivation isn’t waning. But there are other things that would be nice to do:
I like to be prepared for anything, but I know it’s impossible to be prepared for everything. But there are some scenarios that I know I need to look out for. A particularly scary scenario is violence. I try to avoid shady situations, but an assault or mugging can come without reason or notice. There’s no way I can stop a bullet, but I may feel safer if I knew some self-defense or martial arts.
I feel like I should learn Tai Chi. It seems very meditative and focused. I like the ideas of rhythm, pattern, form and structure, and whenever I see large groups of people doing Tai Chi together, I think of that. But I’m notoriously bad at teaching and motivating myself, so I’d probably want to take a class (which I don’t think I have time for…)
More than anything else, this is a running blog, and I have some pretty steep running goals: I hope to set new personal bests in the half-marathon and full-marathon in 2014. There’s a lot of hard training ahead if I hope to do that. And there’s that bucket-list pipe-dream of an Ironman Triathlon.
I had a major Pokémon relapse recently and it probably contributed to my stomach trouble and a lost week of training. I was so good for weeks and weeks without touching it or any video games for a long time. And then it all fell apart! Maybe I need to really just pack them up and hide them away permanently. It’s a distraction of childhood I don’t need and can’t afford anymore. I finished the latest game last week and put the whole Nintendo 3DS away.
And I have a huge number of books on my reading list. HUGE! I bought that eReader so I could read more, but I haven’t been setting aside the time for it.
Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I went on to do my Ph.D. instead of working. Some of my classmates have already finished their Ph.D.’s. Have I missed my opportunity to be Dr. Paul? Working as a professional, building my career and credentials has been pretty good too though, so I don’t complain. Maybe I’ll do my Ph.D. when I retire.
My home is in need of renovations, but it’s a slow process to get contractors in to do it. I’d love to do the work myself so I could feel the pride of working on my own home. However, that would take A LOT of time, especially since I’m not skilled or experienced.
And I have ambitious career credential plans too. I’m setting up paperwork to take a Project Management Professional (PMP) prep-course so that I can write a test to get my PMP designation and certificate. There’s also a little known clause where electrical engineers can become licensed master electricians. I don’t think I need it, but the master electrician training is supposed to have lots of construction law, which would be good for me.
AND I’m continuing to study French with Alliance Française. I have dozens of courses to go through before I can even hope to pretend to be bilingual, but a DELF or DALF certificate would be good to have. And I would like to learn Tagalog (Filipino), Spanish, Italian and other languages too.
I used to be really into music too. I haven’t touched my piano, flute, or guitar in a very long time. It would be nice to play again, but again, where’s the time.
This reads like a wishlist or list of New Year’s Resolutions. I can see the Reality Check Fairy giving me that knowing look, reminding me that it’s futile to do all of these things. But I can still dream and imagine…