Twenty-Four Hours

Whether you live in Paris, New York, Springfield, or Moscow, there are twenty-four hours in a day.  When commenting about things my family and I do, please do not respond with “I don’t have enough time for that.”  It drives me nuts!  We have the same amount of time in my day as you do.  It is not about lack of time; it is about priorities.

I don’t want this post to be a rant about doing things my way; I completely understand that people have different priorities than my family and I have.  Going to your child’s sports game instead of to the gym is a great choice.  I just get very tired of people using time as an excuse for not doing something.  Call it like it is.  Do not say you don’t have time; say you CHOOSE to, or prioritized, your family over the gym.

My wife and I put a high priority on the food we feed our family.  We choose to shop at a local co-op for most of our food.  It is not cheap and we are not rolling in the dough.  Partly for this reason, my amazing wife plans out our meals for the month.  This way, we can do one big shopping trip and use our monthly member discount to offset the cost.  We then pick up some of the perishables as needed.  Shopping at a big chain grocery store and buying non-organic food does not make you an awful person, it is just not something that we CHOOSE to do.

We also make some things that most people CHOOSE to purchase in the store.  This ensures that quality ingredients make up the food we eat, saves money, and reduces our use of packaging.  For instance, we make our own peanut butter (4 cups of roasted unsalted peanuts and 1 teaspoon of salt in the food processor).  We eat a lot of peanut butter so we get our peanuts in bulk from Azure Standard  (as a bonus, their peanuts now arrive in a paper bag which can be composted instead of going to the landfill or even recycled).  Some other things we choose to make are toothpaste, kombucha, deodorant, sports drink, and energy gels.  I am not able to do this because I have tons of free time, but because I place a high priority on eating as clean as possible.

The rumors are true; I do get up at 4:00 in the morning to train and exercise when school is in session.  Getting up that early is my CHOICE because I have found that I enjoy doing things with my wife and kids when the school day is done. My gym time used to be after school, but then I was racing against supper, which my wife always had to make.  Now I have more flexibility in how I can help out because I kept exercise as a priority, but made family a bigger one.

I like to race in triathlons. They are not cheap to register for. Since I have put a piority on racing five to six races a summer, I have CHOSEN to ask for races as gifts for my birthday or Christmas. Sure, I could ask for the latest gadgets, clothes, or gear, but that is not what I want. I want to race and my family is great and goes along with my choice to have experiences and not material things as my presents.

There are many reasons for the madness of what we do.  I am fine with your CHOOSING to sleep in and watch TV.  This is not about me judging you as a better or worse person because of your priorities.  You do what you need to do.  Please know this and don’t try to justify your priorities by using the “time” excuse.  You just might make my head explode.  Speaking from experience.

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