Have you heard the new Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues? It is really amazing, if you like that kind of music. I was listening to it for the first time this morning and the song “The Shrine/An Argument” came on and I was mesmerized. Towards the end, there is this really unexpected saxophone part that I can only describe as a Latino Elephant couple’s marriage counseling session being presided over by a bee. At least that’s what I saw in my head. Here’s the official video – the part I mentioned starts at 6:40:
A lot of people I know hate music that deviates from the norm like this. I think it’s great. I think art becomes its most relevant when it is unexpected and messy, because then it becomes an accurate portrayal of life. Don’t go tell your friends that Heavy Evan endorses those artists that smear their own poop on canvases (although that is technically art)! I am simply saying that perfection in art is dishonest.
What does this have to do with Healthy Living? I’ll tell you! If perfection in art is dishonest to life then isn’t expecting life to be perfect also dishonest?
I need a minute to digest that question.
So, why are all our perceptions of ourselves based on the deception of perfection?
We base beauty on pictures that were digitally perfected.
We base our musical talent on music that was digitally perfected (see every singer on Glee).
We (Me) base our diets and levels of physicality on examples that the industry tells us is perfect.
“The Industry”. How Orwellian.
I cannot go from zero to Lance Armstrong in three months! There has to be a beginning period where I figure out how I am going to eat healthy and how I can phase out the crap I eat on a regular basis. That way I truly develop a want for healthy foods and don’t crave the crap. I think that’s why they call it crash dieting – if you think the fastest way to London is by driving on the other side of the road odds are you will crash!
I guess I am trying to say that if you base your expectations on perfection you will constantly be at odds with yourself. Like the two headed dragon in the Fleet Foxes video. Your body can’t meet triathlon athlete expectations in a retired professional bowler’s reality. You have to start slow.
This is why I am in a perpetual state of starting. This is also why I constantly give up.
From now on my expectation will be that I can do the best that I can and that is enough.
What are your expectations?
P.S. No offense, retired professional bowlers. I do admire your profession. I was simply looking for the antithesis of a triathlon athlete.