This morning I realized while riding to school on my bicycle that regardless of how tired I am, there is so much to be thankful for in life. Why now? Why not everyday? Well, as I was cruising across campus on my bicycle with the breeze running across my face staring at the horizon where the sun was making an appearance, I suddenly had this feeling of gratitude rush over me. Of course, the fact that today is Friday and the weekend is upon us helps tremendously....T.G.I.F.
Boosting your energy level with a short bicycle ride or walk instead of driving can bring a sense of accomplishment before the work day happens. I am reminded of Admiral William H. McRaven's commencement speech at University of Texas in 2014. His speech is filled with wonderful suggestions for success in life. One of which is to 'make your bed each day'. This is important because if you accomplish nothing else that day, at least you have accomplished one task -- made your bed. This thought has stuck with me for a while now. Additionally, this can be applied to walking or bicycling to work. Each day provides an opportunity to experience these little accomplishments. Plus, this one task leads us to want to accomplish another task. Think about it.
Lately, I have had a small amount of 'writers block' with regard to the series which I started last year on deconstructing products in 'anti-aging skin care' products. I wrote about the last few weeks in a previous blog post - here. I decided to just keep getting back to writing the series. Unbeknownst to me, another person would be contacting me to review a 'Master's Thesis' on 'Anti-Aging' skin care creams. Last week, I started reviewing a friend's thesis on peptides in skin care cosmetics. The hope was to incorporate peptides into the cream in order to stimulate the production of 'collagen' in skin which is a 'holy grail' of the anti-aging industry. I will write more about this thesis when I am done reviewing and revising the document for my friend.
On top of all of this stagnation and writer's block came the 'norovirus'. My wife and I contracted the virus which is 48 hours of sitting near a toilet sick as all get out. This was depressing to say the least. Not being able to read, write, or go anywhere. Although, during these times, there is time to reflect and think about the wonderful aspects of life. Today, was a celebration of re-entering life -- getting over being sick. Hooray!!!!!!!
I look forward to return to writing on the skincare series that I have started. I hope that each of you have a wonderful weekend.