Year End Boogie

Hello everyone, this post is a Video Log post related to Boogie Blogging.

What is Boogie Blogging – dancing, moving to music, making a fool of myself, creating laugher within you.

I like to dance and I like to move; movement is good for all of us.  Why not have fun while we are moving?

It you like the music with my videos, you are welcome to get up and move or dance with me!

Let loose, let’s have fun, let’s do some Boogie Blogging.

NOTE: I have not made a Boogie Blogging video in many months and for a good reason.  Remember I have a urethral stent from my right kidney to my bladder.  With lots of movement, this stent causes irritation and results in blood and clots in my urine.  I decided with the end of the year, I would do one more Boogie Blogging because very soon, the stent will be removed as well as my bladder.  I want to have one more dance to celebrate ending the year with a bladder.

A Year End Boogie Blogging while on a cruise – (accompanied by someone very special)

Trees are Groovy

Many walks are taking place these autumn days

At times under the world’s clouds and other times the sun’s rays

Walks near the water and walks by the shore

But now I see differently as I once did before

For the walks among nature and walks between the trees

The movement of the earth due to a breeze

At times the trees are moving – trees are groovy

Walk Boogie

Hello everyone, this post is a Video Log post related to Boogie Blogging.

What is Boogie Blogging – dancing, moving to music, making a fool of myself, creating laugher within you.

I like to dance and I like to move; movement is good for all of us.  Why not have fun while we are moving?

It you like the music with my videos, you are welcome to get up and move or dance with me!

Let loose, let’s have fun, let’s do some Boogie Blogging.

 

Boogie Blogging while taking a walk –

Dumbbells Boogie

Hello everyone, this post is a Video Log post related to Boogie Blogging.

What is Boogie Blogging – dancing, moving to music, making a fool of myself, creating laugher within you.

I like to dance and I like to move; movement is good for all of us.  Why not have fun while we are moving?

It you like the music with my videos, you are welcome to get up and move or dance with me!

Let loose, let’s have fun, let’s do some Boogie Blogging.

 

Boogie Blogging with dumbbells –

Treadmill Boogie

Hello everyone, this post is the first of my Video Log posts that will be related to Boogie Blogging.

What is Boogie Blogging – dancing, moving to music, making a fool of myself, creating laugher within you.

I like to dance and I like to move; movement is good for all of us.  Why not have fun while we are moving?

It you like the music with my videos, you are welcome to get up and move or dance with me!

Let loose, let’s have fun, let’s do some Boogie Blogging.

 

Boogie Blogging on the treadmill –

Opposite

Opposite

merriam-webster.com has this definition –

Simple Definition of opposite

1:  located at the other end, side, or corner of something: located across from something

2:  completely different

enchantedlearning.com has the following information –

Opposites are also called antonyms. Some common opposites are:

absent – present,            alive – dead,      backward – forward,      begin – end,      

create – destroy,             dark – light

dead – alive,      end – begin, start,            fail – succeed,  

float – sink,         fresh – stale,      full – empty,      hard – easy

limited – boundless,       loss – win,           mad – happy, sane,         maximum – minimum, new – old,           no – yes

optimist – pessimist,      past – present,                

patient – impatient,       

possible – impossible,    stop – go,

strong – weak,  success – failure,              victory – defeat      

They say opposites attract – is this true?

psychologytoday.com article ‘The Real Reason That Opposites Attract’ begins with the following –

Did you ever think that it was a cruel joke of nature that most of us find ourselves attracted to people very much unlike us? I mean, wouldn’t it be an awful lot simpler and a lot less messy if we tended to be drawn to those whose personalities are more like our own rather than those who seem like they are polar opposites of us.

The article continues with the following –

We are drawn to others out of needs and desires that are unfulfilled in our lives, such as a desire to experience greater connection, security, love, support, and comfort. On the other hand some of those unfulfilled longings have to do with their polar opposites, such as adventure, freedom, risk, challenge, and intensity. While these needs and desires may appear to be mutually exclusive, they not only can co-exist with each other, but in the process, generate a “tension of the opposites” that produces the passion that sustains, deepens and enlivens relationships.

It continues with the following –

Opposites, or perhaps more accurately, “complements” do attract. Introverts and extroverts, morning people and night people, impulsives and planners, steady plodders and adrenaline junkies, adventure-grabbers and security-seekers…there’s no denying the idea that something in us is drawn to people who counter some of our dominant inclinations with complementary tendencies.

Gary and I are not total opposites, we certainly have our differences and we have our similarities.  If I had to pick and choose a few words from the above list, this is where the words would fall.

Terry                     Gary

Absent                 Present

Forward               Backward (he would disagree)

Destroy                Create

Dark                       Light

Fresh                     Stale (he would again disagree)

Limited                 Boundless

Mad                       Sane

Pessimist             Optimist (more so than me)

Impatient            Patient

Impossible          Possible

No                          Yes

Okay, upon viewing this list do you see who is the positive person in this relationship; the nice and pleasant person?  Do we have conflict?  Absolutely, but ultimately we balance each other out.

We balance each other out when it comes to other areas of our relationship as well.  He is a numbers guy – me not so much so.  I am the tech guy – him definitely not.

We have our differences and we have our similarities – ultimately we have each other.

Get Over It

I really want to be happy!

I know happiness is a state of mind, that only ourselves can we become.  Other people can bring happiness in our lives, but it is ourselves that makes us happy.  Material possessions can bring happiness in our lives, but it is ourselves that makes us happy.  Food, alcohol, sweets, sex, pets, sunshine, snow, movies, pictures; these can bring happiness in our lives, but it is ourselves that makes us happy.

In my post ‘Aches, Pains, Life’, I write about the aches and pains I experience on a daily basis.  I wake every morning with these aches and pains and I try to be in a good mood, but at times this is difficult.  You see, I am that person who when feeling sick or in pain – I am not a nice person.  So every morning I wake up and experience the daily aches and pains and I try to be a nice person, a happy person.  But the not so nice person translates into not being happy.  I want to be happy, but I am not always happy.  What do I need to do to be happy, to be truly happy?

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I need to get over it!

My aches and pains result in thoughts and feelings that prevent me from being happy.  Why is this?  Again I ask; what do I need to do to be truly happy all the time?  It seems most days I struggle to be happy.  I have people in my life, I have material possessions; I have food, alcohol, sweets, sex, a pet, sunshine, not much snow (thank you – I am not really into snow), movies and pictures.   These bring me happiness, but it is me that needs to bring happiness to my life and myself?

I need to get over it!

What do I need to get over?  I need to get over letting the aches and pains I feel everyday dictate the way I feel and the type of mood I will be in.

Update –

Sometimes I will write a post several weeks in advance when I think of a subject I want to write about.  When I wrote this post, I went through a week where my body was feeling really lousy and that is where this post came from.  Those aches and pains were reminding me of limitations I now have with activities I use to do and no longer can do and activities I would like to do and cannot do.  This makes me unhappy.

In the past several weeks, events have occurred and my thinking has changed.  I no longer am feeling the unhappiness I felt and have put into place a reminder to myself how to be happy even when those aches and pains are present.  Future posts will  reveal these events and that reminder to myself each and every day to be happy.

In the meantime, I need to get over it – and this is what I am doing!

 

 

Shackles & Chains

As some of you know, I exercise and meditate in the early morning.  My usual routine involves waking between 4:00am – 5:00am, drinking coffee, then exercising and then meditating.

When I exercise, I plug a Bluetooth earplug in one ear and from my smartphone I usually play my 70’s music that I very much enjoy listening to.  My exercising may involve just dancing; it may involve some calisthenics, and sometimes I will do some yoga.

I have only taken a couple of yoga classes many years ago and my early morning yoga is mainly for poses I do to help strengthen and stretch my muscles.  I also use yoga to help strengthen my body core as I have aches and pains in my back and shoulders I experience on a daily bases; the strengthening of my core helps to prevent future injuries in these areas.

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Several weeks ago, it was early morning, the mat was on the floor and I was doing yoga.  I know there are many yoga poses, and honestly I have no idea the names for them.  I did a quick search of yoga poses and could not find one that I was doing on this particular morning.  Basically I am sitting with the tops of my feet, shins and knees perpendicular to the floor on the mat.  I then lower myself forward with my arms straightened and behind me and lean forward with my forehead against the mat.  At this point my chest is touching my knees and the backs of my hands are touching the floor.

So as I stayed in this pose for a while, my mind began to wander and I started to think about being in this pose and shacked to the ground with chains.  I am in a dark room with a rocky floor with walls that are gray, cold and rocky.  On the other side of the room is a small open window with 2 iron bars; one vertical the other horizontal.  Beyond the window I see light.

I think to myself, why am I here and what is the meaning of this image?  Could it be these shackles & chains are preventing me from going to the window and seeing where the light is coming from?  Could it be the dark, gray, cold, rocky room is my mind, my life and the light is freedom from the darkness and restraint that has plagued me for so long?

Is the light beyond the window happiness, freedom, fulfillment, a life with no restraints?

We hear and read that we see a white light when we near death.  Is this what I am thinking about while I am performing yoga in this particular pose?  Or can we see this white light well before we die; while we are still living and breathing and experiencing?

At this moment on the mat doing this pose with my mind wandering, visualizing and experiencing this room, I think to myself, why wait to be near death to see and experience the light beyond?

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I think to myself, standup and free you from the shackles and chains, walk toward the window; see and experience the light now, today, tomorrow and until the end.

Aches, Pains, Life

I am 55 years old and I have aches and pains; some have slowly crept up on me and others are due to injuries from exercising.  In my 20s, 30s and even 40s I did not imagine I would have the aches and pains I have in my middle 50s.  I understand the pains from the injuries that I experience every day, but the aches, the moving slower, the stiff joints, the loss of energy, will did these come from?

Ok, I know where some of it came from, those dreadful habits (post: Addictions or Habits or Routines) have resulted in some aches, but some of it is just part of the aging images2process.  Most of my pains are caused by injuries; about 12 years ago I spent one summer playing water volleyball and this constant wear and tear on my shoulder took its toll.  I believe I overused my rotator cuff muscles which lead to my shoulder pain I experience today.  I remember when I first started feeling the pain in my shoulder; I was unable to sleep on my back in the bed.  For about a year, I slept on a couch on my left side with my back against the back of the couch.  I also had issues with the everyday activities and the pain I experienced certainly caused me to change my weight training habits.  Several years after this, I believe I damaged my left rotator cuff during weight training most likely caused from my right shoulder’s inability to balance and lift which added unbalanced stress on my left shoulder.

I never visited a doctor and instead let the healing take its course.  Today I most likely have scare tissue in my shoulder blades with the rotator cuffs never healing correctly.  Every day I experience pain mostly on my predominant side, the right side.  Depending on my previous day’s activities or the position when sleeping will dictate what pain I experience.  The pain may be in my upper shoulders, shoulder blades, my arms or my lower back.  Even when doing the everyday activities such as raising my arms to wash my hair can cause a re-injury, most likely a tear in the scar tissue that I then will have to endure the pain for several days.  I deal with it but it is frustrating because it prevents me from undertaking some sporting activities that involve shoulder movement.

Middle age; aches and pains from injuries, stiff joints from arthritis, loss of energy most likely from those dreadful habits, but what other symptoms are there?

Symptoms of middle age are leaving behind the once young energetic, I can stay up all night and get little sleep and keep going practice.   Gone, bedtime is early because I am tired and I need 7-8 hours of sleep.  Bye-Bye younger man who had a little longer hair that with gel and when styled looked cute.  Gone, the buzz hair is the style for me; easier to wash and maintain – no towel drying necessary.  And the younger me looking good in those tight jeans and stylish clothes; everyone noticed.  Gone, now its loose jeans, tee shirts and an oversized long sleeve shirt as a coat for winter and summer when I can get away with it – shorts only – that’s it.

Gone are the days I cared about how others viewed me – now today it is about how I view myself.  The aches and pains of my life remind me who I am, where I have been and that I am getting older.  And when reminded by the aches and pains that I am middle age, untitled1I am ok with that – I remind myself of all I have done, people I have loved and even though the younger energetic me is gone – I am still here living, kicking, breathing and appreciating the ride.