I love the Fantasy genre. I love knights and dragons and magic and elves and all of that stuff. I love the idea that one person, or a small group of people, can help save the world. Even the most unlikely person could end up being a hero, like Frodo and Sam. Maybe part of me hopes that I can accomplish similar deeds in today's world.
But then I got to thinking about something while I was working out at Planet Fitness today: I'd never make it as a hero.
I'm out of shape. I don't eat very well some days and my daily fitness regiment is more like an "on occasion" affair. Which usually means a week or two of doing it and then a month or two of not. It is a lot easier to just enjoy life and utilize that hour doing other things.
Like reading or video games or watching The Biggest Loser. Great choice, trading active for sedentary.
Everyone knows the Number One rule in Zombieland:
If the world needed me to strap on a suit of armor and ride a horse for miles and then face off with an evil wizard, I would probably fail somewhere between putting on armor and riding the first mile on a horse. If I had to fight with a sword for more than a minute or two I'd probably end up dropping my sword from exhaustion.
Goblin Horde: 1, Knight David: 0
I'm not anywhere near the physical shape I should be. I'm overweight and at the rate I'm going I am more likely to look like this
Is this madness? No, this is the sad reality of life as it stands. And I know I'm not the only one struggling with the same problems. Unhealthy lifestyles have become an epidemic in this nation, from what I can see. And I won't stand for it any more.
In July I might not look quite as good as Leonidas or any of the Spartans did. But I intend to look more like that than someone who belongs on The Biggest Loser.
And if I can complete this quest, maybe slaying a dragon or saving the world won't be such a challenge in comparison.