I woke up feeling much better today than I have in a week or so. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that yesterday I rested a bit and thought about what I was so stressed about- and what I could do to make things better. I took a few proactive steps to do what I could to make things better for myself, but also realized that certain things that were stressing me out are completely out of my control. You know the great saying:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
They use this in AA but I think we can all improve ourselves and our lives if we try to live by it. I am definitely working on the wisdom part… and realizing that it is such a relief to just let things go that are not in my control. If I can’t change them, why stress about them?
This morning, I swam for 30 minutes straight: freestyle, some breast stroke, and kicking. I felt awesome when I was finished! I cam home, showered, and was in the mood for something light for breakfast. I saw the box of Kashi Autumn Wheat in the pantry…
I had a bowl of cereal with half a banana, a nectarine, a sprinkle of granola, and almond milk.
It hit the spot!
I love taking pictures in the morning light. Makes everything more beautiful…. Look at my kitty (OK, he’s a big fat cat) sitting next to the window!
He’s so handsome… (sigh).
Before I sign off, I wanted to talk briefly this morning about a law that was passed yesterday by the FDA to ban flavored cigarettes, including cloves. The idea behind the law is to protect kids and teens from getting hooked early. Many studies have shown that kids start smoking with flavored cigarettes.
I can only speak from my personal experience, so that’s what I will do. When I was a junior in high school, a lot of my friends started smoking, so I did too. I thought it was SUUUUPER coo to take lunch breaks, drive with my friends, and smoke in the car- and then come back to school. Such a bad ass I thought I was! My favorite cigarettes were definitely cloves and menthols, which didn’t taste like “real cigarettes” and were fun to smoke. They didn’t make your breath smell bad, either- I remember liking that!
I continued smoking at college and was smoking waaaay too much by the middle of my freshman year – especially when I was feeling stressed (which was all the time). And I cannot tell you the number of people I met my freshman year who said they “didn’t smoke” but smoked cloves, because they weren’t “real” cigarettes. The problem is that they are- they have all the bad stuff in them that regular cigarettes do. They are no less tar filled or addictive.
Luckily, I was able to see the light and realize that I wanted to be healthy and athletic, not a smoker. I stopped pretty much cold turkey by the middle of my sophmore year, but I know a lot of people who didn’t and now fee like they can’t. They are completely addicted and smoking is their crutch in times of stress. SO, in my opinion, this law is wonderful. It will make it harder for kids and teens to access flavored cigarettes (though i am sure they will be sold on the black market) and harder for big cigarette companies to get people hooked when they are young.
If you are interested in learning more, you can click here to read the New York Times article about the law.
What do you guys think about the government stepping in to do this? I am interested in your opinions!