Live Life I’m not one to sugarcoat things, so I’m going to tell it to you straight: These last few months haven’t been easy. I’m 53 years old, and I’ve seen a lot, but I never could have predicted the chaos of this pandemic, complete with the crazy preppers and the run on toilet paper. It’s been a wild, unpredictable ride, and I’ve had to make some tough calls, but I’m happy to report that my team and I are still here and printing. We’ve even added customizable protective face masks to our lineup of products! If you need anything now or when this all blows over and you need to get your planned events back on track, we’re here to help. Personally, I’m lucky enough to be riding this pandemic out in relative comfort. Even with the extra pressure, life right now is a whole lot better than I’d have imagined growing up in the projects. Still, the reality of what’s happening outside the doors of my house has me thinking a lot about things that aren’t usually on my mind. There’s something about a global crisis that makes a guy ask himself, “What really matters when the chips are down?” So, I’m here to share some revelations with you. What really matters is this: my health, my family, and my nest egg. I think we’re all going to emerge from this craziness with a better appreciation for those things or whatever else matters to us. First, health. If you’ve been paying attention to these newsletters over the last few months, then you know that Cheri and I are what some might call fitness junkies — we work out every day, go on walks, and even train for races and competitions. But it wasn’t always that way for me. There was a time, not too long ago, when I was seriously out of shape and about 50 pounds heavier than I am now. My back hurt, my knees hurt, and I generally just felt like crap, mentally
WHAT WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC A BRIGHT SPOT IN THE DARKNESS
and physically. I remember getting worn out just walking around the block with Cheri and still thinking, “Man, I can’t wait to go home and eat some ice cream.” Reality really hit me when I went to a business event and had to run out at the last minute to buy a pair of 38 pants because all of a sudden I couldn’t fit into my 36s. I came home from that trip and thought, “I’m done being this way.” Then I took a leaf out of my wife’s book and turned my life around. After that experience, I thought I’d stopped taking my health for granted, but it turns out a global pandemic puts it in even better perspective. Staying active has helped me stay positive during this craziness, and I’m sure it’s a big reason why Cheri and I haven’t gotten sick. If I could give you one life tip — apart from what I told you a few months ago about never touching your seed money — it would be to take care of yourself. Eat right. Work out. It matters when the chips are down.
locked in with during a crisis than Cheri. Sticking to our routine and keeping each other positive has been just what the doctor ordered, and I’m glad she has my back. Third, the nest egg. This goes back to that lesson about seed money, but right now, I’m really grateful for the money I’ve been putting away my whole life for a rainy day. At a time when everyone in America is tightening their belts, we’re doing alright because we live below our means on a regular basis, eating mac and cheese with hot dogs and saving our change. If this crisis has taught me anything, it’s that living low-key is the way to ride out a crisis. I hope you’re doing the same. If this rambling has helped give you some insight about what’s important in your own life, that’s just about all I can ask for. Now’s the time to remember the good things, set goals, and keep your chin up.
Second, family. This one is pretty self- explanatory, but there’s no one I’d rather be
Here’s to your health!
“There’s something about a global crisis that makes a guy ask himself, ‘What really matters when the chips are down?’”
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