A couple of days ago, my buddy (Cosmos35) posted a blog which asked a question of all of us. I found this to be really an interesting thing, as it gave us a chance to really get to know each other a little bit better. As I read the responses, it was a nice chance to see what drove others to doing what all brought us here together in the first place. I love learning about people and since I have come here to LJ’s, I feel as if I have made many friends. Many of them don’t post their own blogs though and besides the answers and comments they give to me and to others, I don’t know a lot about them.
When someone who I don’t know posts a comment on one of my posts, I like to go to their profile and see their work and where they are from and all the fun stuff that we all pretty much filled in when we got here. It makes me feel as if I have a new friend and I love seeing the diversity of the projects, as well as where everyone is from and how woodworking has touched their lives. Lots of times I make them a buddy back. It is like a friendly handshake here in cyber space.
Now I don’t want to scare anyone away. I am not the stalker type and even if I were, I wouldn’t have the time to properly stalk anyone. Like all of you, I just like to meet and share with others who have similar interests.
So I site here just about every morning and write about my previous day or my life and when reading Cosmo’s blog the other day it occurred to me – maybe I should ask some questions too. You don’t mind, do you? There are things that I would like to know about you guys and I don’t really post much to the boards because it would be another thing to keep up with and I wouldn’t have any time to design and then I wouldn’t have anything to talk about and the whole thing would spiral out of control. (I am over-dramatizing, but you get the picture!) I find some of the most interesting blogs are the ones where there are some healthy discussions going back and forth between members. I realize that although my life is busy, there are days such as these past few where I am just doing ‘regular stuff’ and it can’t be much interest to everyone. Sure, there are lots of days when I can post project progress and stuff, and I have some great customer interactions and stories about the magazine and such, but there are times when I would like to hear about how you guys do things too. Some of my ‘bestest’ friends that I have made here are because they share with me how they accomplish things and cope with things and how woodworking affects their lives. After all, listening is part of being a friend too, isn’t it?
So with that said, I will get on with things.
Yesterday I went to the doc about some pain I was having in my hip. (Hang with me here – it will relate to woodworking and my job) This has been bugging me for a couple of months off and on and seemed to flair up periodically. Not debilitating, but annoying enough to wake me up in the middle of the night with sharp pain deep within the joint. I found it did more so after my daily walks through the woods. As a result, I pretty much stopped walking daily and haven’t done much else for exercise because I was afraid of making things worse. I finally decided to go to see what was up before the weather got cold and it got to a point where it was really bad.
It seems one of the problems is (and here is where the woodworking and job part come in) is that my job requires me to sit and be at my desk a great deal of the time. Either I sit at my computer or I sit at my scroll saw. Or I sit when I paint. It isn’t an optimal active lifestyle, to say the least. It would probably be OK if I wasn’t a workaholic and did other things besides, but since drawing and woodworking is pretty much what I do most of the day, it hasn’t helped me much. At least when I walked those couple of kilometers a day it got me moving a bit. The walks took anywhere from an hour to two and I guess they were pretty easy to give up – not only because of the pain that followed them, but also because of the time factor. I could work two more hours if I didn’t walk and I know that some people (like Jordan if you are reading this, or Martyn) will understand that I would rather have that time to create than walk.
Problem being, it isn’t good for me. I am approaching what they call “middle age” (UGH!) and my doc said that the last thing they want to tell people to do at ‘my age’ is LESS exercise. I have always been pretty fit and a good weight and I do eat pretty good most of the time, although I have also gotten lazy with that too. I guess it is time to reevaluate my life a bit and take some time to take care of myself.
So my question to you, fellow woodworkers – how much time to you spend doing physical activity a day? I know some of you have jobs that require physical activity and that is great, and I know that some of you aren’t able to do much physical work at all, and that is cool. I just want to know how you fit being healthy into your lives and still have time for woodworking and making the beautiful things you do.
This isn’t a quiz to be graded or judged. I really am curious. I know we are all different ages and all have different lifestyles, but I hope that opening a discussion of what works for us will help and encourage the rest of us to maybe do a bit more for ourselves and make it work for us. After all, balance is the key in any lifestyle, isn’t it?
I hope you all don’t mind me opening this kind of discussion. As I said, I really enjoyed reading on Cosmos blog “Why we do what we do”. It gave a great insight to lots of people for me and I felt I got to know them a little better. I hope this does the same.
I will look forward to hearing from you if you feel like posting ;) Have a great day! I am going to go for a walk today before it gets too warm out.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"