Debbie Reynolds has made a great challenge for us to share what we're thankful for this year. This is the first of my 12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017.
Sharing what I'm thankful for in business is easy, but I'd rather go a different route in this first post. I'm the oldest surviving male in my family. That has been true for many years. I'm currently 61, but my reign started long ago. My dad died when I was 33, he was 56. Beyond that, I have no living uncles, grandparents or full-blood siblings. I was the end of the line until my sons came along.
You would think that would scare me, or even horrify me, and to a point, it did occupy my mind, but in the long run, it really made me more determined to change the pattern in my family. My dad was an incredibly strong person. I always felt a little wimpy in his presence. I've seen him lift the front end of a car off the ground more than once and I had no hope of doing the same, even though I was a body-builder when he was alive.
Sadly, muscular strength means nothing if your heart is weak. His heart blew up when I was 33, and he died instantly. That sent me on a path of cardio health that I have not deviated from. I was tested at a mid-west university in 2006 and my heart strength was off the chart for my age. For that, I am thankful.
I have done multiple metric-centuries on my bicycle in the Rockies, I've led 10-12 hour Spinning rides and I've ridden more miles on the road in a day than I can reminder. All of these things are routes to strong heart health and I plan to stay on them. I have a gym in my home, my second home and in my office. I have purposely taken away every objection to exercise in my life.
I have a 3 year old granddaughter that I want to see grow up. That means I've got to stay in tip-top shape to be there. I am thankful for my health, though it could be better, it is continually getting better.