THEN: THE THREE Rs
NOW: THE THREE Ws
When I was young, education focused on the three R’s: Reading, wRiting and aRithmatic. When you think about it, only one of these words, actually starts with an R. But nevertheless, we all knew that these three subjects were important to our well-being and to getting good grades.
Now, many decades later, having mastered the three R’s, plus the rest of the alphabet, my days are consumed with the three W’s: Working, Walking & Wine. And please take note, that all three of these words do begin with a W.
Let’s start with Writing – I was eager to grow up, graduate and get out in the real world. And get to my passion: writing. Once I did, things moved along smoothly enough, until I realized that expressions like “summer vacation” and “winter break” no longer applied to my life. That was, until I started having children and then those chunks of time didn’t mean rest and relaxation. But more like panic and frustration.
Walking – As an adult, I now have to make time to exercise. When I was younger, I never thought of making a special time to workout. I was always running, jumping, bike riding, playing. Walking was something I did to get from class to class, from place to place. I was continually burning calories and never thinking about getting old. Never thinking about blocking out a special time to walk. Unlike today, when Working forces me to sit in one place. Thus, the necessity of making time to walk.
And that brings me to the last W. Wine. My favorite. After a hard day of Writing and Walking, what better way to relax than with a cocktail? I often have a martini, but that didn’t fit with the W’s theme and unlike that person who created the three R’s, I wanted to be true to my saying.
So what follows the three W’s?
I’m thinking that the next phase of my life will be the three D’s: Drool, Diarrhea and Dementia. Not!
No, I’m going to spend my retirement (if it ever gets here) living the three L’s: Life, Love & Laughter.
How about you?