|Gerry Butler Nov. 2010|
I hope you take a moment out of your birthday celebrations to ponder the greater mysteries of life (such as where that other black sock you were looking for this morning disappeared to) and to thank God or the Universe for all your blessings this past year. You seem to have family that loves you , friends that support you and you get to work doing something you love and get paid handsomely for it. How cool is that?
Now I know one has to take the bad along with the good and the bad includes the twin boils on your now exquisitely skinny bottom, otherwise known as the paparazzi and the critics. The latter haven't been so kind to your last few movies, but they'll come around if you do some good work. I think most of them want to cheer for you. Give them something of substance to sink their teeth into. Be stingy with your roles and pick them out for their complexity and their charm.
There is a third group I'm sure you'd love to lance with a sharp needle and that is the group known as "the nasty fans." Wish I could help you with that one but they irritate the hell out of me too. My advice is just to ignore them!
That you've lived to be 41 is no small feat in today's world. Take care of your health so you can be around another 41! If you think the first half went fast, wait until you're into the second! My advice to you on the health front is to keep the blood flowing everywhere it needs to go. It takes several things to accomplish that...a healthy diet, exercise, and keeping your body chemistry balanced to keep inflammation down to a minimum. Have your CRP levels checked often and keep you HDL up! A high HDL is a sign your liver is moving the cholesterol out of your bloodstream in a speedy manner. The benefits of keeping inflammation down are many and the most important thing you can do (hence the CRP tests). The best incentive I can give a man is the fact he will enjoy and perform sexually well into old age if he does these three things. The same is true of women. Enough said!
And dear Gerry, a healthy diet means cutting down on cake and cheese. It's hard, I know....but remember that blood flow?
Oh, and one last thing....Don't let doctors give you too many pills! That is the worst thing you can do. Aging is a disease in Western medicine and there is a pill for everything. Don't start down that slippery slope. There are natural alternatives. Find them!
Now about living your life..... I don't think there is much there I can advise you on that you aren't already doing. Hopefully you will try a little moderation in a few things, but you have to be true to yourself and your nature, so enjoy life and be kind to others while doing so. What goes around comes around and if you live by that alone, you'll be okay!
Now go out and celebrate your big 41 in style. Yes, you can even act like you're 14 if you want to (as long as it doesn't hurt anyone) and all it takes is a typo! You are in charge of writing the script that is your life. Do it with your own particular style and a lot of love!
Thanks for some of the laughs, man. See you at the movies!