Since becoming a parent I’ve noticed I’m a lot more concerned about my health and longevity. I’ve stopped doing some things I did in the past that may have been risky, and I find myself affected a lot more by stories of sickness I hear on the news.
I think I really kicked into self-preservation mode a few days ago when I threw away a lunch that had been in my backpack for and entire day and night. Normally, I don’t put my lunch in the fridge because my office isn’t super hot. But because I had been away from the office working at a trade show, I had neglected to eat my lunch the day before instead opting for a hot meal at the mall.
Upon my return to the office the next day, I opted to bring the old lunch, thinking I could eat it no problem, as I had done this in the past; it’s also easier than packing a new lunch in morning. When I opened it, I looked at it and paused. It looked fine, but I realized it hadn’t been in the refrigerator for two days.
In the past, I wouldn’t have given this any thought if it didn’t smell bad. Now, mostly because we have a little guy who is so much fun, I find myself trying to stay healthy. I want to be around for as long as possible to watch and help him grow up.
It’s strange shift, as I feel more conservative and fearful. But it’s a good one because I think he’ll probably be happy I’m around in the long term.