I’m losing my mind. Not in the crazy way (although there is that, too).
You know how former football stars and prom queens miss their high school glory days? I miss my high school brain.
I had a fine-tuned brain that could tackle anything. It was reliable and fast. It was award-winning. It won scholarships for college and even graduate school.
After 19 years of vigorous training (i.e., school, school, and more school) and a decade in a stimulating career, my brain is starting to go slack now that we are sitting around at home. Not that doing laundry and sweeping the floor, teaching a baby to walk and talk, all while figuring out when to take a shower isn’t challenging and all… but… you understand.
Right? You understand? If you don’t, then I can’t explain it.
Now, my brain is getting a little flabby around the middle. It has crows’ feet and laugh lines. It’s going silver at the temple. It’s not as limber as it used to be. Mental gymnastics are getting harder.
My brain is starting to feel stiff.
So I’ve decided to do what anybody missing their high school athleticism and good looks does: I’m putting my brain on a regimen of diet and exercise. (Just in time for my 20th high school reunion this August.)
My brain is going to be eating less junk food. Hey brain, that means less Facebook!
Instead of sitting around
on the couch online, seeking meaning and connection, my brain and I are going to get up and do some exercise!
In other words, I’m going to keep a book by my side and read a couple pages throughout the day instead of picking up my iPhone. We might finish a book a week.
I’m not going to make my brain go cold turkey. I’m going to set aside a little time each day for checking social media. It’s going to be a meal. No more snacking!
Second, we are going to make more of an effort to get out and socialize. Maybe–and I know I say this every couple of years–maybe, I will even start calling people on the phone.
The third part of our workout routine includes this blog. My brain and I are going to write thoughtful posts about life, memories, politics, food, creative pursuits… We will be cross-training.
Like many people, I need a work-out partner to keep me motivated. A class with a tough instructor is even better!
So… come along with us. Share your thoughts, your ideas. Give your brain a little exercise. Give my brain some nourishing food!
Won’t you join us?