Gong Day 1
I am busy reconstructing ideal rituals and pledges to send my life into the right direction so I can travel the world again before I die.
The situation will change some when my nephew goes to Pakistan to help open a P.F. Chang’s and when the money runs out on my mother’s long term care policy which pays for a home health care worker.
The burden of her care will fall primarily on me. And you don’t want me to be your health care worker.
I will have to create the best environment possible out of this prison. While this sentence has been accepted like a bad plea bargain, I will eventually be paroled. I can make the time go faster if I can earn enough money online to pay for a nursing home. We are getting squeezed financially as are so many others.
Since I am at home taking care of my mother, the television is always on. I can work while watching, and I am used to the TV as background noise, I get far more writing and blog management and marketing done when I am away from the house.
I learned a long time ago how to work in a crowded bookstore or coffee shop. People think a busy environment is a negative, but that’s just for extroverts who feel compelled to meet strangers. It can be perfect for introverts who want to be left alone.
Distractions at home include the TV, the refrigerator, and a soft bed in the next room.
When I was studying for the bar exam years ago, I took my practice texts and questions to a busy food court at a Miami mall and studied there. Best decision ever.
I got out of the house, and did extremely well on the exam. But all you have to do is pass. I’m not sure what pressure John-John was under when he failed the NY Bar twice before passing.
He’s in good company, including Michelle Obama, Governor Jerry Brown of California, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
My gong includes only 3 main items over the next 100 days. The details will change as I progress toward returning to an iPT lifestyle.
1. Control and Reverse Diabetes
2. Create a Full Walkabout Solopreneur Business Online
3. Build Out My Potential Next Ex-Wife Boards on Pinterest
To have the time to accomplish these “goals”, I have to do one thing. Actually, I need to not do one thing – watch TV. Nothing interferes with my reinventing my life more than snacking in front of the idiot box.
To paraphrase, no one on his or her deathbed ever regrets not watching more TV. (I’m not sure if soap opera fans are an exception.)
Life is short. That’s why I resent giving up this time to be a caregiver. I hate it. I suck at it. But that doesn’t mean I have to enhance the crime by watching TV.
Think about it. If you watch 4 hours of TV a day, that is a full 2 months each year you can be doing something else. If you watch 6 hours a day, that’s 3 months of 24 hour days.
I know people do other things while the TV is on. I eat meals while watching, check email, and do other routine computer tasks. But it’s still a drain.
To control my blood sugar and even reverse diabetes, I have to employ a number of strategies. The first is diet. I have gone totally vegan with no processed carbs like bread, and no grains until I travel again. (It’s hard to get away from rice in most of the world.)
The second prong of diabetes defense is exercise. Sitting on my ass in front of the TV does not count. You tune in and drop out.
A major factor in becoming an iPT again is succeeding with my Walkabout Solopreneur system. To get away from the television and to get more work done in less time, I walk to Starbuck’s or McDonald’s for coffee (1.6 miles from home), take a city bus downtown or to the beach, and stay away from the house as long as possible.
The only downside when you are an old fart with a backpack is looking homeless.
McDonald’s at 6 a.m. when the dining area opens is the new morning homeless shelter. Fancier McDonald’s do get a wealthier geezer crowd, but I prefer to talk to my homeless peeps.
I don’t know if I have a TV addiction, but I will soon find out. Years ago in Peace Corps, we watched no local television if we could help it. But back at home, the bad habits reared up from time to time. TV is a great escape from the problems in life.
I have used television to distract myself from the shame, embarrassment, and about some shitty financial and personal decisions.
I used TV to cope with the pain and boredom. Charleston is my favorite city in the world, and I could hardly enjoy it.
Instead of using my time and energy to improve my life, I was wasting it on television. I am doing it again. Without cutting out TV, I can never get physically fit or make enough money to be a perpetual traveler.
I think it’s best not to have too many rigid goals. You tend to lose sight of the vision and just add bars to your self-imposed prison.
As a new vegan, I have to commit to 100% vegan diet with no meat, fowl, fish, dairy, or honey.
If I break the pledge, I will rapidly descend into junk food.
Unlike what I put in my mouth, TV is not totally avoidable. I may want to watch a game or check the news. I won’t beat myself up if I lapse on occasion, but I will if I am avoiding work or exercise.