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Mar 15
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Align and Redefine

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For the past few months, I’ve been experiencing a myriad of problems with this website.  I am not exactly sure what happened, but something is definitely going on…and it’s making it difficult to continue to operate smoothly and seamlessly.  I set up this site back in 2009, and I definitely do get some laughs at what I used to post up.  But like anything, this site has gotten a bit older, wiser, and most likely has been compromised with a hacker attaching the coding mainframe.  I really do hope to get everything resolved and completely cleared soon.
In the meantime, this frustrating period has inadvertently allowed me to compare the current status of the website to my own health.  While I can still claim that I hardly ever get sick, I also know that my body is certainly not the same as it was…and that’s NOT a good thing.  While I can still go out there and still hammer out a hard workout, I’ve learned the hard way that certain high impact sports will automatically spell trouble.  These sports include basketball and American football.  The verdict is still out on beach volleyball, but lateral movements tend to put a lot of pressure and torsion on the joints and ligaments.  while in the past it wouldn’t be a big deal, now every sudden, explosive movement happening in the span of less than a second can lead to potentially a day or two of swelling and discomfort.  There is certainly a price to be paid now to partake in these physical endeavours, and the question for me now is how should I proceed?  What are your thoughts? 
Would you take a more conservative approach and refrain yourself from certain activities in order to prolong your body thus depriving yourself of the joy that is elicited with them?  Or would just say “Screw It…We only got one life so might has well go down with guns blazing?”
Me?  I’m at a crossroads at the moment.  While I do hope to preserve my body as long as I can in order to still enjoy an array of sports and physical activities for as long as possible and also to participate with my children, there’s still this voice inside of me that wants to say “Screw It.”  As with anything in life where there are two parties with different perspectives, conditions, and values, it’s all come down to striking a compromise with my body at this juncture.  
As much as I’d love to get out and run some hoops each week again, I know for a fact that my knees won’t be digging that so I am left with casually shooting some baskets with my kids.  Maybe when they are older and I can still jump, then I’ll see if I can get back onto the court.  Even certain cornerstones of my fitness regimen are reaching the end of their shelf life, and this primarily refers to running.  
I’ve been running since high school and using it as a foundation to stay healthy and happy for decades, but now both of my Achilles tendons are definitely “angry” and demand that I switch to other activities.  The degeneration of soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage is inevitable, and both of my Achilles tendons are at the tail end of their life span.  I’ve been experiencing pain in both of them for over a year, and I know the only way for them to possibly get better is to completely stop running, which is difficult for any active individual whose spent their entire life living a sweaty life.
That being said, I’m realising more and more that there are certain pivotal points in life where you just gotta suck it up and stop the run.  It’s time to align and redefine my priorities similar to this website.  I know things are not going to get any better with my Achilles tendons unless I make some changes to my work out routine, which is namely refraining from running.  And as much as I would prefer to simply lace up some shoes and go out for a quick run, I now have reconfigured my workout regimen to include swimming and cycling.  Both of these latter sports will take a bit of time to get reacquainted with, but I am actually enjoying the new challenges that they also present.  
So while the running shoes sit on the shoe rack beckoning for another workout, I am going to stick with other types of sports so that I can still enjoy being active not merely for a few more years but for the long haul.  Hopefully, I’ll still be relatively pain and injury free so I can still show my kids “Wu’s Yo Daddy!”….and one of the reasons why it’ll be mainly focused on my kids is that most of my peers have already hung up their athletic kicks permanently!
Thanks again for stopping by and maybe I’ll see you on a spinning cycle or swimming pool in the near future! 

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