The Willie Way: Physical and Spiritual

“On or off the road, I’ve got to exercise just about every day.  If I didn’t work to keep in good shape, I couldn’t tour the way I do, or sing nearly as long every night.

In high school, I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track.  And one thing I can tell you, when Jesus said “Love thy neighbor,” there was no such thing as high school football.

When you get older, you’ve got to find a way to replace all the sports you can’t do anymore.  On the road I play golf or I jog.  More than once, I’ve gone jogging in a town I don’t know and had to knock on a stranger’s door and ask directions to get back to where I started.

I still box a bit, too.  I’ve got a speed bag hanging in the bedroom of the bus, and I can put on some gloves and work out  on it when we’ve got a long drive.  Trying to throw a roundhouse when Gator is changing lanes on the highway either keeps me on my toes or dumps me on my ass.

I feel a lot healthier now than I did thirty years ago and that tells me that thirty years ago, I was pretty messed up.

I’ve seen a lot of guys hit their seventies and decide they ought to just sit down for a while.  The problem is, the longer you sit, the harder it is to get back up again.  It used to upset me when I’d meet a fat doctor with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other who told me I should give up pot or that running wasn’t good for a guy my age.  There are some good doctors out there, but if they tell you not to exercise, the first thing I’d do is change doctors.”

— Willie Nelson

The Tao of Willie
a Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart
Willie Nelson, with Turk Pipkin 

Willie Nelson’s bus and his bike.

2 Responses to “The Willie Way: Physical and Spiritual”

  1. Deb says:

    Lindalee, did you take the bus/bike picture? It’s a great angle so you can see the side and back of the bus.

  2. Linda says:

    No, Deb, fan Katie took this picture of Willie’s bus, and Willie’s bike, at Biloxi, Mississippi, on November 2, 2007.

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