At the end of 2015, I thought about writing about the best products of the year on Average Joe Cyclist – after all, people reading my posts have bought a lot of great cycling products (and so have I!) … But then I thought, it’s not about what you BUY, it’s about who you ARE.
Then I listened to Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” (thanks to my Apple Music, which gives me access to almost unlimited music) and I realized that the last day of the year is a great time to take a look at the woman or man in the mirror. As Michael Jackson sang it:
“I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror … I’m Asking Him To Change
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
… Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change”
Most of us spend so much time criticizing other people (this is a major personal fault of mine, certainly), but this is really just destructive. We CANNOT change OTHER people. The only real way to make a change in the world is to change yourself!
As Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Of course, there is no better time to change yourself than at New Year. I really believe in New Years resolutions. Sure, they are hard to stick to, but there is no harm in TRYING to be better. In fact, I think one of the most beautiful things about human beings is that we are always trying to be better.
A vision of our better future selves drives so much of what we do – getting an education, getting married, starting a family – and of course, starting to get fitter and healthier.
So I am kicking off 2016 by adopting a healthier lifestyle. I am going to be eating better and exercising more. I plan to get much fitter this year! I plan to ensure that I live longer, so that I can continue to enjoy being with my loved ones for that much longer. I am much inspired by the fact that my new grandson has just been born. I plan to see Anthony Hunter Goodwill grow up!
I have started by writing a brand new post about getting fit with a bike training plan. Funny thing is – I tried to write something that would cut though all the confusion and just simplify matters. And I succeeded – by the time I was finished, I had inspired ME! I am going to be doing my own basic Bike Training Plan, and I hope you will do it with me! (I will have to start on Phase 2, because I already have the Mission for Phase 1 covered – but it has been a long time since I did interval training, and writing the post reminded me of how effective and valuable interval training is).
So, going into 2016, let’s take a look in the mirror and …
MAKE THAT CHANGE!
I’m working on my resolutions right now. WHAT ARE YOURS?
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