For the past year and a half I’ve been really lazy, exercise-wise I mean. I have practically done no other exercise than walk from our apartment building to the closest wine shop, bakery or Izakaya (a Japanese bar that also serves food). The main excuse that I’ve used to abandon my previous gym routine and aerobic classes is that I am too busy; I work full-time, I have two young children, my husband lives in a different country and is in Japan to help out with the kids’ hobbies, parents’ evenings, PTA meetings, hospital appointments and play dates only 6 months of the year. And so, time is a similar luxury to me as modesty is to Vladimir Putin.
But when I saw a Japanese salaryman jogging/speed walking in a park in his suit-trousers and shirt presumably during his lunch hour (see photo) – I realized that if I really wanted, I would be able to find the time to get fit again. After all, the chances are that Japanese salarymen have even less spare time than me. They are the stereotypical Japanese workers that most Westerners have heard of. Many of them typically work 12-15 hour days, 360 days a year every year. I can’t but admit that if they can find the time to keep fit, so should I. And I will.
So, if you see a blond Western lady in a trouser suit wearing turquoise Adidas trainers and jogging in close proximity to a University campus in Osaka – please go and say hello – it’ll be me and I will be desperate for any excuse to stop jogging.
But as soon as we’ve done chatting, I will carry on jogging and will sing to myself:
It’s a new dawn.
It’s a new day.
It’s a new life for me.
And I’m feeling good.
(I’m feeling good by Nina Simone)
I wish you all a Happy New Year and success in your New Year’s resolutions whatever they are!