The conversation went something like this … “Yea I used to run mile and miles!” I could see on this friend’s face what he was thinking. “You ran? When have you run old man?” I told him I used to ride my road bike 35-75 miles at a time. Same look on his face. We talked a bit more of his current feats of health and interest, and then he asked, “If you used to run and ride a bike, why did you stop?” Bingo! He had me! I had no good answer other than I just quit. Yea I could say well my health in the past 10 years hasn’t been good, heart attacks, knee surgeries, but those should be reason all the more why I still run and ride.
I admit, I used to do a lot of things … once an avid photographer in the darkroom (film) and light-room (digital), wood worker, poet (haven’t written one or ready one in a long time), journal writer (moleskine journals are best), water colorist and more! Why I used to keep this blog spot up daily.
I guess maybe we quit doing things because of time, interest, busyness, job changes, etc. My point is this … maybe its time to start again. Get the bike out, running shoes, camera, pen to pen poetic words or journal a life event and even get the dry watercolors wet again. Maybe it’s time to start doing the “used to do” again. How about you?