…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
Author Phil Riley was talking on BBC Radio 2 today on the Jeremy Vine show. Amazon’s section about him sums him well up from what I heard:
Phil has been at various stages of his life: a smoker; clinically obese; chronically unfit; a heavy/frequent drinker; and he suffered a near-death experience… While seeking to understand and fix his poor life choices, he discovered some astonishing facts about lifestyle and longevity.
Talking on the show about his book, he basically put each of these things into five categories, smokers being in one, drinkers in another, etc. and then himself and those of us who are relatively healthy (now) into a fifth category.
I say ‘those of us’ because I don’t smoke, I rarely have a swig of alcohol, I usually get my 5-a-day of fruit and veg, and I exercise most days – I have a chilled-out life with few working hours and people see me out on my bike often; “You must be fit” they say.
But for some reason it’s not all perfect. There seems to be so much about our modern-day society and lifestyles that are fundamentally flawed – so many aspects that harm us and will lead to an early demise. Some days for me are good, and some are not so good and I shy away from professing I live a perfect life because my aku-aku* would be calling me a hypocrite. What I am though is very aware of how to live a healthy life, and how I do live, and therefore I also burden myself emotionally with my shortfalls; most of what seems to let me down is an Internet Adduction and a compulsion to log into Second Life each and every day – this has manifested into a variety of symptoms, both physical and mental, and ones which are echoed by friends and family who talk about such things as work-place-stress. In addition to this, the stress caused to myself, by myself, then manifest is how I perceive my work itself, for example; so I end up feeling stressed about work when I have little reason to. I could list all the things I feel, all the symptoms, but when I read/hear such things from others I respond in my own mind with “yep, got it, got it, feel that…” so instead I want to share a list I made last week, prior to learning about Phil Riley. It’s a list I made for myself, about making each day different and better, but if everyone could take each day on board then the world would be so much greater, I’m sure.
[The idea is to either write out this list, modify them to suit yourself better, or print them as flash cards, picking one each day, either in order, or at random, or having one day a week where you turn to one of them. Keep it flexible and don’t worry if they overlap somewhat.]
Or, this one:
*I’m currently reading Thor Heyerdahl’s autobiography (I read his earlier book Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day back in 2010. In this one he mentions his aku-aku; it’s like his inner voice, or spirit guide I suppose, or it could be your Jesus, or God, or just your subconscious creating comments and questions that can bubble to the surface if you listen carefully enough.