Then I had a small stroke. You can read more about that here if you are interested.
No joke, I had a TIA (what doctors call a mini-stroke) at 44. Hmmm. Maybe my lifestyle was a big deal. Maybe I was going to die way too early if I didn’t wake up and get it right.
I finally had the conviction that I needed to get healthy, so I cut out the sugar and the bad carbs. I lost 20 lbs and started hiking – mostly because I just hated going to the gym. Surprisingly, hiking became therapy for me. Now I hike about 400+ miles a year – every year. I started rock climbing and CrossFit too. As you might expect, my health improved. What I didn’t expect was that my mind became sharper and I began connecting with my family, friends and the Almighty at a deeper level. Some people have a mid-life crisis when they get to be my age. I had a personal renaissance, and I am so thankful for it. I think the new life philosophy I’ve adopted is best described by Hunter Thompson when he said,
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
It is my deepest hope that reading about my journey and adventures will be the spark that ignites your own personal renaissance. Most importantly, I pray your life adventures are filled with purpose, deeper relationships, and joy.
PS. In case you haven’t noticed, my cause of choice is the Summit Warrior Project. It’s a labor of love for me. If you know of a veteran who might benefit from this, please share. Donations are also very helpful!