I love eating.
But since I ain’t no spring chicken, I can’t eat as much as I used to.
When I was in high school, I could eat anything and everything.
I ran cross country and I wrestled, so not only did I have the magical metabolism of youth, but I exercised quite a bit.
But today, I need to be careful about what I eat.
Because you HAVE to have cheating days.
And I like to plan my cheating days.
Think about what to buy, what to cook, what to watch on TV when I enjoy my cheating days.
Planning pleasurable activities is something we humans love.
They say that the only two tragedies of life are achieving your goals, and not achieving your goals.
What the heck does this mean?
If neither one of those is true, (not achieving a goal or achieving it) it implies you are ON THE WAY to some goal.
And that is a pretty good place to be.
When you look forward to something.
Even if it’s something silly like a heaping plate of Carne Asada Nachos and your favorite episode of The Sopranos.
The idea of something GOOD in your future is wonderful.
Since we humans can NEVER predict the future, when we have something good coming, it’s mixed with uncertainty.
But it’s the BEST kind of uncertainty.
When you’re uncertain exactly HOW you’ll enjoy something.
Or exactly HOW that enjoyable thing will evolve.
Or exactly WHEN that enjoyable thing will happen.
This is why pretty much everybody agrees that the Road (the way to the enjoyable thing) is better than the Inn (the actual pleasurable thing).
This is what has inspired humankind since we climbed down out of the trees and realized there was more to life than bananas.
What’s even better is you can give somebody else the gift of looking forward to something fantastic.
By making YOURSELF that fantastic thing.
How you interact with them when you’re around, and how you give them the gift of missing you when you’re not.
By understanding the process, you can create the most wonderful feeling we humans can ever feel.