Motivation is a fickle beast

I apologize for being quiet here lately.  Motivation to do this hasn’t exactly been in abundance, but then, motivation to do anything has been in about the same supply lately.  It’s funny how that works.  You get all pumped up to do things and get things done and that works so very well for a little while and then it all just falls apart.So, here I am again, typing up something that’s on my mind.

I don’t know where my motivation has disappeared to, but it’s certainly been missing from my life in recent weeks.  It’s not like I haven’t been getting things done or we haven’t been getting out and being active.  In fact, we’ve been hiking twice and biking once in the past three weeks.  THAT has been extremely nice.  Jake has even tagged along on our hikes.  He’s enjoyed that to a point where he gives us grief if we get ready to leave the house and he’s not going with us.

It’s all whining, barking, and jumping up on me!  It’s cute.

It’s really amazing what a long walk through the woods will do for your mind, though.  It’s so very relaxing to get out into nature.  It’s wonderful to do that again, and I look forward to doing it some more.  But, and there is always a but…  I’m getting way behind on the things that I need to do around the house.  If you’ve seen my house, then please ignore the landscaping in front of my house!  It’s horribly overgrown now.  I intend on trying to fix that some this coming weekend.

Ugh.  I’ll admit that  it’s an activity that I’ll never truly enjoy, but it’s something that needs to be done.  So let it be written, so let it be done!

How do I get my motivation back?  I haven’t been on my stationary bike but once in the last week and a half.  That is something that needs to change.  It feels like I’m partially falling back into some of my old habits, specifically staying up just a tad too late at night and not waking up in the mornings when I should.  What do I need to do to get back on the right track?

That’s what I’ve asked myself the last few days; what I’ve tried to figure out.  Let me tell you that it isn’t easy for a guy like to me to change so suddenly from staying up late to going to bed early.  I did it, and I stuck with it for a time, but there I am starting to stay up late again.  I know that it’s not good for me because I end up tired during the day.  Hell, I’ve fallen asleep at work more in the last week than I have all year.

Ugh.

Yes, that word again.  I’ve actually found that trend to be rather aggravating.

Oh!  There is another reason that I’ve remained quiet!  There are certain topics that I feel that I want to talk about and share my opinions on, but they are not exactly the best topics to speak on so I’ve left them alone.  I really don’t want to get into politics here.  They’re such a bore, but sometimes they are important topics.  Are my thoughts on those topics the right ones?  Are yours wrong?  The answer to that is simply no.  They are merely opinions, but opinions are what fights are started by even among the best of friends.

Okay, now I’m rambling, so I’ll end this with some pictures from our recent leisurely hikes.  There aren’t a lot because I haven’t pulled any off of my camera.  I should do that…

The biking expedition ended early thanks to me being a big dummy and not making sure that everything was nice and tight.  My handlebars ended up moving around entirely too much which made it extremely difficult (not to mention a tad bit dangerous) to continue on.  That and there was a river in the way when we took the wrong turn.  It’s part of that particular path, but I didn’t think that we should have continued considering the fact that I didn’t bring any tools with me to make adjustments on my bike!  Dummy…

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