Friday Fives!

If I asked my 23 year old self, I would have said that I have a lot of time, medical science has advanced so much that the biological clock was a matter of old folks tales. There are plenty of stories of women in their 40’s getting pregnant. That holds true now more than then. What no one tells you is the costs of getting pregnant so late in life. I am not even alluding to money. After all, who puts a price tag on a child. The costs are more in terms of time, emotions and physical struggle. By the time a woman is in her 30’s the responsibilities, stress, commitments she has is way more than one anticipates in their 20’s. So here I am into my late 30’s wondering if I would fail in the one superpower I was born with?

The presidential electoral candidates in the United States has me worried. The country being largely divided into two groups it is difficult to agree with all the principles of one party over the other. Each party brings in good ideas with some very bad ones. Of course people vote for the party and not an individual, but don’t individuals matter? Right now all I see is a bunch of clowns. Or has Obama really set the bar that high?

Being the doctor, I am a go to person for a lot of people. I consider it a privilege that people would trust me with their most intimate fears. Come to me for a second opinion, an idea they want to run by, just to voice their concerns, or just use my being a doctor as an excuse to speak with me. When I have my doctor hat on, I am always happy to be of service. So when I get push back on the healthy living articles I forward to family and friends, or when people tell me to “chill” when I remind them that they should get their yearly medical check-ups, I am left wondering at the irony at the situation.

Please don’t kill my blog. I appreciate the fact that there are people who read my blog. Some of you that do,  reached out to me via emails/texts/instagram asking me if I was okay based on my last post. However well meaning you were, I really would have preferred comments here which is why I didn’t encourage conversations on other mediums. I write a post, to generate conversation here. If I wanted to reach out to you in person, I would have. Imagine how many more people we could have reached if we talked about things here. Blogging begets comments on blog. A blogger can hope.

On the most positive note, I was invited to join the swimming master’s class this week. I have been wanting to get to that level for a while now, but don’t think I am ready. My old swim coach mentioned that he will work at my level and get me to speed. I cannot wait. Needless to say I am excited like a school girl and giddy with happiness at the prospect of working with my old coach after 18 months.

What is making you excited and happy or sad and confused? Have a great weekend you all.

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2 responses to “Friday Fives!

  1. SA

    I think fitness is an ongoing thing and once you adopt that lifestyle then you can’t just pause and un-pause it. I know how you feel when you hear the word chill because I get it every time. I have been told to “enjoy” my life a little and make room for other things in life also apart from getting “skinny” (That’s how majority of my circle sees fitness)..

    Swimming is tough and I say that because its a mind game for me now. I don’t even want to imagine what masterclass is all about!

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    • I agree with you whole heartedly. You are either committed to a healthy lifestyle or not. Being healthy doesn’t mean denial. Which is what most people think it is. I find it annoying when people tell me to chill when I’m giving them facts born out of pure science.

      Swimming is demanding, and us definitely a mind game. But then so is running. Masters classes expect a certain level of proficiency in swimming. These classes are geared towards triathletes, long distance swimmers, or like in my case, someone who wants to improve technique, time etc. I’m confident with your determination you will get there in no time.

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