I wrote this last week, before the awful events on Monday. I think it is doubly important to get outside, breathe some fresh air and enjoy life. You never know when it will be cut short. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
I recently read a review of a local restaurant from someone who was just passing through town on their way south. The writer made the point that he didn’t understand why West Virginia has the reputation for being overweight. He said there are Stairmasters everywhere you look. You just have to go outside and climb up a hill.
A week or so ago, a report came out that identified Charleston as the Most Unhappy place in the country to live. “The Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.” The Huntington-Ashland area held this position for the last two years and has moved into the second-most unhappy place. When I commented on this on my blog, Brad Deel replied:
A couple days ago a friend told me he was going fishing this past weekend in Pocahontas County. He said I should come along. At first I demurred with all the standard excuses; too much to do, busy, can’t get away. And then it hit me that I needed to get back to living mode myself. I haven’t done anything as stressful as going to war. Instead, I’ve gotten out of the habit of being outside and being active. I called him back and told him I was coming. It was great to get outside in some fresh air to experience the quiet, see running water and just breathe. If you want to see more photos from the trip, check out the Mountain Time blogfrom earlier this week.
It is time to get on a “West Virginia Stairmaster.” Ready to join me?.