Once a person gets past acquiring the necessities in life (food, water, shelter, transportation) the list of things they want should be pretty small. The problem people have is that we focus on the material possessions we want in life (or think we want) without considering the end game of why we want them. Instead, we should be asking ourselves what we want to get out of our life. Once we know the answer to that question, then we can decide what resources and tools we need to facilitate the life we want. In the end we will find that this list of tools and resources is a lot shorter than the list of possessions we thought we wanted when we were focused on our most immediate worldly desires rather than our long-term goals.
It amazes me to this very day what an amazing machine the human body is. How perfect in form and function. How beautiful. And unlike man-made machines, organic machines such as ourselves have a wonderful ability to actually improve with use. This cannot be said about mechanics or electronics.
With that being said, the human body requires maintenance just the same as any other machine. This maintenance is not just a simple matter of eat, sleep, excrete.
Besides the usual eat/sleep/excrete, our bodies require exercise of some variety.
There was once a time when this was not necessary. Why? Because there was once a time when all people did physical labor for a living. They didn’t sit in a cubicle staring at a screen for hours on end. They were building houses, tending fields, raising cattle, lumbering, etc. That is the kind of work our bodies were designed to do. That was natures intention. We are not designed for sedentary work (in fact that was a contradiction).
Shout out to my blue-collar workers! This may not apply to you. You are gorgeous.
Sooo for the rest of us we have got to exercise to keep ticking. There are literally hundreds of ways we can do this. Whether your method of physical exertion is a sport of some kind, hitting the gym, or some kind of outdoor activity, find one that you like. I am certain you will find at least one.
Exercise does not stop with the physical body, no no. It is our responsibility to keep ourselves sharp mentally as well. There is both our physical and mental health to think of. It turns out there are just as many ways to exercise yourself mentally as physically. Read, play games, take on a constructive hobby. No matter how you do it you must constantly be learning. It is also important that you try new things often.
Now let’s go back to eat/sleep/excrete. I have nothing to say about excrete. But…
Eat – You wouldn’t fill our cars gas tank with alcohol assuming that since it’s flammable it is therefore a good substitute for gas. So don’t stuff your face with just any food, and assume that since it is “food” that your body is built to process and use it.
Sleep – Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Yeah many of you can function on less. But merely functioning means you are not as focused as you could be, as sharp as you could be, as able to fight illness, as productive. Lack of sleep leads to just as many health problems as obesity, including obesity.
Too often do I see people put lots of time and effort to maintain their things. But they give no regard to their bodies, to their health. I once was walking down the street and noticed an obese man vigorously waxing his car. I can’t help but think: “Wow does this guy have his priorities completely out of whack”. He is putting the state of his vehicle over his health. And not even the functionality of his vehicle either. Just the look. He places cosmetics over his health/wellness. I see this all the time.
What could possibly be higher priority to someone than the health/wellness of them and their loved ones?