A Little of This; A Little of That
Are You a "use to" Person?
I had just finished prepping for my UStream show and gone out for my walk when I realized I NEEDED to come back here and write this up. If I didn't I'd have said it all in my head and forgotten it by the time I came back.
I'm realizing too that I really need to empty my voice recorders and take one with me every time I go out so I don't have to cut my walk short. I did get in over 3000 steps before coming home though.
O.k., to the topic at hand ~ being a "Use To" person.
I go to quite a few networking meetings and meet various people and when they see what I eat they'll ask if I'm vegetarian. When I say "yes" they'll often say "I USE TO be".
When I meet people who ride motorcycles, now, I'm a "USE TO" person. Before a friend died in a auto/mc collision and another lost his leg (same crash), I rode. I have to catch myself to not say I "use to" ride so they ask me, why don't you ride anymore as I don't want to inject them with MY stuff about riding!
What I like to hear is "I USE TO smoke, drink, do drugs but I don't anymore!"
Instead I hear "I USE TO do daily appreciations; walk every day; exercise; eat well, etc." I also know I'm not going to ask them why they don't any more. It's not my biz. I don't want to hear their dreary excuses for why they don't.
This came up for me recently in an online conversation with a gent who told me his girlfriend "use to" be a vegetarian ~ before she met him. Enough said.
What brought this up for me is a couple of times over the past months I've caught myself saying "I USE TO be able to get up off the floor easily" and "before I got married I USE TO go walking daily".
For me, when I say "I USE TO", I want it to be consciously attained. By that I mean "I USE TO be a meat eater (well, it's been 24 years now); I USE TO procrastinate on getting in my daily play; I USE TO be angry; I USE TO contemplate suicide (that's over 15 years ago)...
See what I mean? Keep the good and USE TO the not-so good. Now, I want to say I CAN get up off the floor easily; I DO get up and move daily; I AM aware of what goes in my mouth and supports MY body.