It is painful to watch his bewilderment at the world, terrible to see my mum's heartbreak at losing her man, yet wonderful to see them both retain such tenderness towards each other.
It made me realise that so much of all the drama in life does not matter, including all the petty debates around diet and exercise. All the energy that we all expend studying and writing on training and eating mean little in the end. 75 or 80 years on this earth are pretty short.
But I am also thinking of what does matter.
- Love and relationships
- Health and function.
It is that last one that keeps me going here on this blog. Health and function If there is any thing that I can do to avoid ending like my dad I want to try to do it. Brain health, sufficient strength, balance, functional movement (climbing stairs, getting out of a chair) good bowel function, life without a catheter - you don't often see those as goals on your training blogs but when we look to our 70s or 80s they are what is important.
Further up that list: happiness. Dad said to me in a moment of clarity, "Get out and enjoy the world son."
That means training and mountains. It means fewer 10-12 hour days at work. More walks. More laughing.
Love and relationships.
The most important. And that includes the spiritual side of life. Lots to write there.
Och well. Back to reading about exercise and whether a potato will kill me.