Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hot Showers are a Luxery!

Today I'm going to bring you another fine lil ditty from my draft folder circa 2015.  I wrote this after running one chilly fall morning.

Brrrr.

It's cold outside.  Think 40-50ish degrees fairenhieght with a brisk breeze.  As I stepped into the solace of the school building all I could think about was the warm shower that awaited me.  Nothing is better than a piping hot shower after a long cold run.

I quickly hopped into the shower and was rewarded with a blast of cold water.  Yikes I shouted with gusto.  I quickly retreated and let the shower continue to run while I began brushing my teeth.  After a solid 5 minutes the reality set in....this was going to be one cold morning shower.

Now, I could go into detail about cold shower taking methods here, but I'll spare you the bore.  Let's just say it involves a lot of jumping and screaming.

While gulping down my hot coffee I had time to reflect on that mornings unfortunate events.  I realized that even though it was cold, I still was able to get clean quickly that morning.  I didn't have to pump the water myself or locate a suitable creek.

I was able to summon gallons of water at the flip of a switch and not just any water, but clean water.  

I began to realize that the water being warm by the time it reached me was only a luxury.  It wasn't a need or a right.

Many things we experience in everyday life are actually luxuries.


  • Our cars that carry us from point A to point B.
  • Our clothes and shoes that cover and protect our bodies.
  • The stores we visit that sell us all the goods we need to sustain our lives.


Often times in this amazing land of abundance we forget what true need is.  True need is water, food, shelter, clothing.

Some people in this world don't have clean water or a decent shelter.  Some people have to walk for miles barefoot just to get medical aid.

I'm so quick to complain if something doesn't go my way, but what am I really complaining about?

A minor inconvenience because some luxury has been denied me for a small amount of time.

A good example that a lot of you can relate to is when my car broke down this past Wednesday.  I got it into the shop the same day but would not get it back until Friday.  This left me without a vehicle for one measly day.  The way my mood soured you would have thought I had contracted a terminal illness.

My wife offered to drive me for Petes sake, but the feeling of giving up my own "independence" initially angered me.

So I had to step back.  I had to look at the situation from the bigger picture.

  • First it wasn't that big of a deal.  The repair was minor and we had the $ to cover the cost.
  • Second, I still had transportation to my job and I didn't have to run to work.
  • Thirdly (third, thirdy?) I was able to spend more time with my wife.  Time I usually spend mindlessly listening to the radio.

Wrap Up:

In the trenches of everyday life it becomes easy to get used to "the norm."  As a human I become quite comfortable and set in my routines.  I don't like it when anything disrupts my plan because I like to take the easiest path possible...but it isn't always the best path.  One day when I'm nearing the end (if I get the chance to reflect) will I remember the warm shower I took after a cold day's run?

Or will I remember the time I took cold showers for a week because the boiler broke and I danced around like a naked ninny just to get clean?  

I think you know the answer;)

OSC out. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goals for the Year 2017

Most people have already made and given up their New Years resolutions by this point...whereas I'm just starting.  Procrastination for the win I suppose.

Financial

1. Make an additional 10k of unplanned income: This goal is pretty lofty for our family but with my wife's bonus and my random side hustles I'm aiming to make an extra 10k this year.

2.  Pay our mortgage down below $100,000:  This goal is incredibly unlikely to happen as we sit currently at $148k, but that's no reason we shouldn't try extremely hard to eliminate our arch nemesis!

3.  End the year with 15k in the bank:  Lately we've been waffling between 5 and 15k for our emergency fund.  This is mostly due to us cash flowing my schooling.  Although I won't be done I'm hoping we can find the discipline this year to build up extra cash reserves and keep them:)

4.  Shore up my retirement/estate planning:  This probably means I need to get a will set up and more life insurance...oh and speaking of insurance I should probably check all that out as well.  You know, an annual checkup sort of thing to make sure all areas are covered sufficiently.  I also need to reexamine my retirement plan and look at all the accounts and numbers.  I need to also explain it all to my wife so that if I die I could rest easy knowing she has a good grasp on how it all works.

Personal

1.  Run a marathon:  This item has been on my list for a very long time and unfortunately I can no longer delay the inevitable.  Mostly because my wife signed me up as a birthday present.  What kind of sicko signs their husband up for a marathon as a birthday present?  Especially their 30th birthday.  Doesn't she realize my best days are behind me?  Or perhaps that is why she signed me up in the first place.  She's attempting to collect that sweet sweet insurance money once I croak from training.

2. Seek God First, and my wife second:  As a Christian I need to recede ate myself to the Lord.  Ever since my mid twenties I've been floundering in my faith like a fish out of water.  This year is the year that I change that.  No other goal is as important as this one.  Also this year I look to rekindle my marriage.  My wife has been telling me it's a bit stale lately and I tend to agree.  As the leader it is my duty to get my but in gear and show her I still love her (which I do of course).

3.  Complete my Masters classes with all A's:  so far all I've gotten are A's, but right now I'm taking 3 classes and work is really wearing thin on me.  I'm going to try my best to maintain a 4.0 but I'm not promising anything.

4.  Complete more than 28 blog posts this year:  The first year of this blog, 2014, I published 28 posts.  The content was poorly written and often had grammatical errors.  The next year I wrote 20 and in 2016 I penned 1 measly post.  Even though I didn't continue with my other blogs after OSC I did become a much better writer.  It is my goal to take that skill and create better content and more content...more better content if you will.

Recap

So that wraps up my goals for the year.  I hope your goals are being met as we speak and please berate me when I fail to meet mine.  A sharp stick will keep me on the straight and narrow.

OSC out!