“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
Eat Your Spinach, Brother! is a blog that chronicles the journey of one man, through the middle years, on his quest for the greatness. We all have that dream in the back of our minds – the life we thought we were going to have and live – and we all have our real life. The struggle in the middle years is in reconciling the two – in accepting and appreciating what we have and also trying to re-tool our lives so we can achieve some of our long buried dreams – without blowing everything up.
Spinach is one of the perfect foods – it is very good for us but we do not eat it nearly enough. We stopped believing in Popeye – that a can of spinach could turn it all around. For me, spinach represents all of those things we have become too lazy or complacent to do – the books we don’t read, the exercise we don’t do and the things we don’t say – all of the things that would make our lives better, but we sacrifice so we can focus on our fantasy football roster.
I have drawn a line in the sand. On one side resides the life I have lived for 44 years: anxious, afraid, cautious, limited, undisciplined, unfocused, unambitious, without direction, jealous, envious, resentful and powerless.
On the other side is the life I have committed myself to living for the next 50 years: confident, fearless, unlimited, disciplined, focused, ambitious, goal-oriented, supportive, encouraging, grateful and powerful.
Life is not for wimps! And aging well requires honesty, courage and a plan. Without one you are certain to slide into your “golden” years “fat, sick and nearly dead” (a reference to a great documentary you should watch). Ultimately, this is a challenge to resist the “slide” – to take charge of life, to stop dreaming and start achieving, to take responsibility and to put in the hard work and dedication required to have a great life.
This is an account of my own journey, as I struggle to honor God, love my wife, raise my children – to be a good man. There is no road map, but there are plenty of clues.
Eat Your Spinach, Brother! is a blog for all of us who are living in the middle – of everything – but still dream of having more. Here you will find reviews of the books, movies, music and media that have taught me the most in my quest to live a life in full.
To my brothers (and sisters!) in the middle, welcome!