For those of you who aren’t [cheesy] movie buffs, the title of this post is a quote from Varsity Blues, a flick oft-quoted during my college days and beyond. “Things change, Mox” (in a sub-par southern accent) is how Ali Larter’s character (Darcy) conveyed that since her boyfriend had become seriously injured, she was newly interested in his best friend and the new starting quarterback, Jonathan ‘Mox’ Moxon. Had she expressed this thought slightly more eloquently, she might have said “the circumstances of my life have changed, so my behavior is also changing.” I assure you I cannot relate to Darcy at any other moment during the movie, especially not her dating Paul Walker or sporting her infamous whipped cream bikini. However, the sentiment of this quote rings true for me now, as the circumstances of my life have indeed changed drastically.
Pre-October 2009, it took a swift kick in the behind to counteract my internal inertia and get me to the gym or outside for a jog. I always hesitated to join my friends on the dance floor at weddings, at least until I had a couple of drinks. Regrettably, I also frequently opted out of weekend social engagements, preferring instead to relax at home and prepare for the week ahead. So as I bemoan my current physical limitations, friends sometimes regard me with a skeptical eye. But with each additional day of limited physical activity, I become more eager to get up and get moving.
The circumstances of my life have changed, and my behavior is changing too. I so look forward to jogging outside on a sunny day, doing exciting things on the weekends and dancing at my friends’ weddings…and hopefully, one day at my own.