I've been thinking lately that I should be hungry more often, and for longer. I'm sitting at my desk, and I have food options nearby. There's a box of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars™ at my desk that I could break into and cease being hungry almost immediately. In the office across from mine, there's cake and if I take a right turn out my office door, there's a selection of fruit breads on the next desk I'd come to. Swell - I'm salivating. Biology can be so adorable. It's really frightfully rare that I'm hungry for more than thirty minutes. Though I don't feel a sense of first-world-guilt over this, I think hunger is a meaningful part of the human experience, and I'm not experiencing it.
I could also say that I need to lose weight. I do. I weigh in at 200 pounds, give or take, and that's heavy for 5'8". No one tells me I'm obese or even fat. I wear shirts in the "fitted" category, so maybe I carry the weight well. Weight loss isn't my motivator, though. Being hungry makes food taste better. Being hungry makes the mind work more creatively. Being hungry costs less than indulging in snacks. Being hungry connects me, if only slightly, to people who don't have access to the glut of food that I do.
And, I suppose, hunger is a metaphor. My life has changed a lot in the last few years, but I'm still looking for more change. Maybe I'll figure out how to make some happen while my stomach is growling.