Recently I visited the ER. Don’t worry it wasn’t for me and everyone is okay. While there I couldn’t help but think about my health and quality of life.
Maybe it’s the surgically clean smell of hospitals that make me think creepy thoughts like “What if someday I am so sick or hurt that my life changes dramatically?”
So as I sat and waited for a doctor to come in and assure us that everything was indeed okay the thought of what I would tell my younger self lingered in my mind.
Here Is What I Came Up With:
- Love more – a lot more. If I became sick or incapacitated I would rely heavily on my loved ones to be my support, my rock… my safe place. It feels like we all get so busy doing “life” that we can forget to stop and show grace to those that we love. No one ever said I’ve had too much love or received too many thank you notes. Loving more is an easy way to find more happiness, spread more smiles, and even get a health boost to boot. This includes loving ourselves too.
- Prevention is always worth it. This one hit home hard as I sat in the ER watching people come and go. There were different races, different ages, and different needs all requiring medical attention. I’m a big fan of prevention when it comes to eating healthy and staying active. It feel like these 2 things alone are huge indicators of one’s health and ability to bounce back from an illness. One trip to the ER reminded me that my workouts or home-cooked healthy meals are worth it. I’m not suggesting you take a trip to the local ER to find inspiration, but hey… whatever works, right?
- Start now. Whatever it is… start it now. Time is never a given. We all believe that we’ll start to be healthier on Monday or at the start of the New Year, but there is no better day than today and no better moment than right now. Talk more walks with your kids, grab a delicious healthy salad loaded with your favorite toppings with your best friends, and laugh it up over game night with your family. Whatever you want to do… start now. It’s never too late to try something new, get better at something old, or do more of something you love.
As my old friend Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Who knew a trip to the ER could provide so many little nuggets of wisdom for me? I hope you enjoyed them and find that Ben was correct… prevention is worth it.
About the Author:
Lynn Coffey, founder of TheRootLife.com, is massively interested in why humans are the way they are. What makes us do the things we do? What makes us stay in unhealthy patterns? She built this website to share her ideas and views with others seeking to make sense of this world and in that journey… to make this world a happier place.