le monde est heureux -
rigorous, challenging, recreational exercise, in the great outdoors,
within a collegiate, social environment is equally beneficial for
mental toughness as physical fitness.
is satisfying to fall back on the skills learnt during
youthful exuberance as an
inquisitive tear-away Nipper, coupled with committed training
sessions with your mates, to achieve difficult challenges like -
Classic in Canberra and/or
200km Audax Alpine Classic
in Victorian Alps;
annual 2.7km Palm Beach to Whale Beach swim;
(iii) hiking the
Six Foot Track - Katoomba to Jenolan Caves and/or
Kokoda Track; and/or
111km Hawkesbury Canoe
Classic from Windsor to Brooklyn Bridge.
Accomplishing onerous physical goals is
rendered easier by drawing on the energy of a common bond support group.
Turning up for training on a pristine-NOT morning, is easy peasy
when your pals are counting on you.
Conquering daunting physical challenges
that you and your mates set a goal to complete, teaches
you how to survive in the hot kitchens of life.
The solar system is 4b
years old. Humans, starting with Homo Erectus, then
Neanderthal Man and now Homo Sapiens, have coexisted on terra firma
for over 3m years.
migrated from East Africa approx. 65,000 years ago to penetrate the
planet. However, in the pretext of progress and
achieving a higher standard of living, recent generations of
First World Countries have burnt copious fossil fuels in their obsession with
Those advertising gurus, paid by the multi-nationals, have done a first-rate job in indoctrinating us that
greed is good (for the multi-nationals). A
fixation for new, big, fast, shiny, and powerful has wrought a high
price on our planet; a phalanx of eminent scientists have presented
compelling empirical evidence that unless humans materially change their
lifestyle pronto, future generations will pay a dear price for
our self-ingratiation. You only have to read about the
rapid melting of the glaciers, and the
drought across central Australia to become a
Cycling with Muggaccinos is not
only heaps of fun, but more importantly in setting and achieving challenging
exercise goals with your mates in the Great Outdoors, where you have to
call on your wits and guile, you
are hardening your resolve to handle the hot kitchens of life
which 'inter alia' will -
(i) sharpen your cognitive skills; and
(ii) render you more capable and productive.
You will want to stay off the sauce to
beat your buddies. But downing a few Celebratory Sherbets the
night after kicking a personal goal can be powerful pleasant.
Your kids, who can relate to challenging
exercise, will develop a new regard for their Olds which will
narrow the Generation Gap.
Ipso facto, a healthier, more
self-confident you, with fewer family hassles, will have less sick days which will make your boss
happy. You'll achieve a better job with a higher marginal tax
rate to contribute more to the fiscal purse to meet the burgeoning health and aged care
budget for our beloved Baby Boomers who, due to statins,
and blood pressure drugs
etc, are hanging in there a lot longer. The Fed Treasurer
will be happy, and so will the Baby Boomers.
Health Minister will be happy too, 'cause he won't have to factor you
into his obesity/type 2 diabetes and Tough on Drugs budgets.
Fed Minister for Climate
Change will also reckon
you are U beaut, by leading a local
healthy community lifestyle in the Great Outdoors.
By not being preoccupied with yearning
for a bigger home, driving
an SUV, running A/C, watching an electricity sucking plasma TV, our grand
kids and their grand kids will be happy that the joint hasn't been trashed
and the till ransacked by the previous tenants.
But don't expect a Christmas Card from Gerry Harvey.
Golly Gosh, you never realized
how good you are!!! And silly you had been harbouring pangs of guilt for
having so much fun hanging out in the hills each weekend perched aboard a
few ounces of steel, carbon or alloy, trying to beat your buddies up to the next
King of the Mountain
Isn't ego a marvelous motivator?