“Quitters never win”, “No one likes a quitter”, “Whatever”.
Quitting is something we all do from time to time.I am working on quitting some of my unhealthy habits.What I learned years ago about quitting something is that we are most successful when we do not quit; but choose to replace one activity with another.
Over the years, I have had a number of students quit music.At least that was what I was told, but I knew the truth.No one quits learning music just as no one quits anything.We simply decide to engage in some other activity that replaces whatever we do not wish to engage in anymore.
Some students decide to move to sports, video games, a job, more jobs, a different town, or the couch.I am moving to more exercise and food.
The heat causes a bit of a problem for me.I started riding my bike to as many of my work locations that were a reasonable distance.I think one to two miles is a reasonable distance for a lazy bum like me to ride a bike.Of course, five minutes in and I am no longer fit for public display from perspiring.Walking only gives me six minutes.Neither is very practical I suppose.
I can save gas money, though I must use this savings as food money because my appetite increases a great deal with exercise.I am not really saving any money.I end up eating like a teenager.
Another benefit is that I am less grumpy.My wife even commented as such.None of you would notice this because I am always on my best behavior with my students and co-workers.
I plan to use my summer as my period of redevelopment.I hope to quit a few bad habits and start some good habits as replacements.One of which will be the daily practice that I preach to all of you.
I shall quit not practicing daily tomorrow; what will you quit?