Mondays are Physical Day here at Taking it to the Streets
I think there used to be a commercial on TV with the tagline “It’s not NICE to fool Mother Nature.” – did I get that right? I don’t watch TV so I may be off, but those words, with a scolding tone, came into my head tonight as I both marvelled at the glorious nearly-spring late afternoon light (but at 6 pm…..) and simultaneously marvelled (not in a good way) at how crazy exhausted I was from last night’s time change.
A friend told me that when her children were wee she had to spend a week before the time change ratcheting up (spring)/down (fall) their bed time so it could work and they wouldn’t be up an hour before or after she was. I get that! I wish my Mommy (oops, that would be me now) had done the same with me.
Which got me to ruminating about all our “good ideas” on being better than nature. Things like:
– Hormone Replacement Therapy so you don’t get hot flashes (but you get a bonus prize instead – breast cancer!)
– Margarine so you can save money – with our Cracker Jack surprise of trans fats and heart disease
– Labor saving machines – so we can move our bodies less – and then pay our personal trainers or our gym (or just get fat)
Nature and our bodies are so amazing. My question is why not just let it be? Rather than dink around with clocks and time, why not look at the way we run things like we are all robots (working 9-5 et al). In terms of food I like Michael Pollan’s advice about not eating things our grandparents (at least for my generation) would not recognize. Eat real food.
And as for hot flashes, I’ve not heard one story of a woman dying from them. But breast cancer – uh, yeah, that IS dangerous.
It’s not NICE to fool Mother Nature. And while I’m enjoying the fading light outside my window now, my state of exhaustion all day seemed a bit pricy for something I could have had for free if work were based on what we produce not hours spent sitting in chairs.