Yesterday, I shared a cool music video with a friend. His reaction was “That guy has no business being on stage. He is way too overweight. It’s a shame because he’s amazing on his instrument, and he has a deep understanding of the music, but he has no business being on stage.”
Lest you jump to the conclusion that my friend is a total jerk, I need to tell you that he is a very nice guy and has a gift of telling the truth exactly as he sees it. It’s an incredibly bold way to live.
This got me thinking. I don’t people by the way they look. When a band is onstage, I only listen to the music.
Only, this is not true.
If I were given the choice of spending $40 to see a band that looks like crap, or an equally good band that looks totally hot, I’d likely go see the hot looking band. Because I’m a human being and I like looking at beauty more than I like looking at ugliness. Why would I deny that?
A light bulb went off over my head. I need to take a look at my own stage appearance.
In the TMI category, I’ve gained 16 pounds over the past five months. I went from 190 pounds to 206. I had worked hard to achieve my ideal weight of 190, and then everything went downhill as I tackled a tough semester of two new jobs. I didn’t eat well, and I didn’t exercise. I feel very different, much less energy and confidence. Not such a good thing for performing on stage.
I don’t have any medical condition that causes me to gain weight. I simply was not careful about what I ate, and I was not diligent about exercising. I’m starting a 27-day cleanse (which will be finished by the time you read this), and maybe I’ll scrape together fifty bucks to buy a nice shirt.