Semen to ash
Don’t let yourself forget how many doctors have died, after furrowing their brows over how many deathbeds.
How many astrologers, after pompous forecasts about others’ ends.
How many philosophers, after endless disquisitions on death and immortality.
How many warriors, after inflicting thousands of casualties themselves.
How many tyrants, after abusing the power of life and death atrociously, as if they were themselves immortal.
In short, know this: Human lives are brief and trivial. Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash.
To pass through this brief life as nature demands. To give it up without complaint.
Like an olive that ripens and falls.
Praising its mother, thanking the tree it grew on.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Start training with resistance bands today. It’s a new kind of challenge.
Weight is down to 72 kg. Still the belly doesn’t seem to get any smaller.