Some people are as reluctant to change habits as old-school nuns. But facing your own mortality can make one more malleable. Cancer has caused me to pay attention to the mundane business of staying alive. Here are a few of the adaptations I’ve made and plan to keep:
- Disinfecting wipes and paper towels in the kitchen instead of dishrags and hand towels.
- Hand sanitizer in the car.
- A cup of green tea most afternoons (it tastes like grass clippings but you get used to it).
- Agave nectar instead of sugar or carcinogenic substitutes.
- Affordable organic fruits and veggies (an oxymoron, I know).
- Avoiding growth hormones in meat and dairy products (I’m down to 155 pounds but don’t need that kind of help).
- Blogging (there’s more to life than cancer so I’ve decided to rename this blog and keep posting).
The upcoming New Year is a traditional time for making resolutions to change for the better. The custom can be traced to the two-faced Roman god, Janus. He could look back on the past and ahead to the future, which is why he was put first on the calendar.
The “Most Popular Goals” according to several online articles are to:
- Lose Weight
- Pay Off Debts
- Save Money
- Get a Better Job
- Get Fit
- Eat Right
- Get a Better Education
- Drink less Alcohol
- Quit Smoking
- Reduce Stress Overall
- Reduce Stress at Work
- Take a Trip
- Volunteer to Help Others
Research shows that overall, only 12% of those who set specific goals achieve them. Still, it’s better to aim at something than do nothing.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin