This may sound like a strange parallel to make, but going to the gym and listening to This American Life have always shared a particular trait for me and one that I have a hard time understanding.
Basically, both activities take up about an hour. One 24th of a day. One 168th of a week.
And, both activities make me feel wonderful, inspired, energetic; a perfect balance between contemplative and content.
The mystery, then, is why I almost always tend to put both off? If I love This American Life so much, then why do I let episode after episode pile up on my ipod? And if I always feel good after going to the gym, then why must I drag myself there?
You could argue that it’s only after I’m working out that I feel good, but that just isn’t true. I really enjoy my time in the gym. (Especially – and ironically – because I tend to be listening This American Life). And yes, the scenery of the Poblado Paisas doesn’t hurt either.
Anyway, point being, I just got back from the gym and just finished listening to the beautifully crafted episode #346: Home Alone. And I feel like it was one of the best hours I’ve spent down here. I could ramble on for hours about the various shades of solitude and loneliness and the good and bad of each, but, as usual, This American Life does a better job.
And finally, Jeff Tweedy, on ‘how to fight loneliness”. Enjoy.