When I was a kid I would hear old people say say that and I just thought it was something old people said. It was one of those things that nobody really wanted to elaborate on and it typically punctuated a comment about someones surgery or someone dying.
I have pretty good genes on my Mom’s side of the family and I think maybe my Dad’s side too. Great grandmothers on both sides lived into their 100’s and Grandmother’s on my Mom’s side into her 90’s. Isn’t that how one determines how long they will live and their quality of life? By looking at the elders in the family? No?
Things have changed dramatically in a very VERY short period of time. Environmental factors alone will take 20 years off of someone’s genetic chances of having a long healthy life. Then factor in stress, which is the number one cause of preventable disease in America, and we really must, once and for all, throw the old notions of longevity out the window!
I for one realized how important my health was to me when I had a few major health scares in the past 10 years or so. It gives you the chance to have an instant life review when someone says to you this could be bad. I have friends who live heroic lives having HIV, cancer, MS and other life threatening issues. I am in awe of their daily display of courage and strength of body, mind and spirit.
I am blessed to have minimal issues and I know it. I am on one medication I will have to take the rest of my life (they tell me) but I am certain I will be able to grow my thyroid back better than ever once I can afford stem cell therapy!
I want to feel better. I want to be happier. I want to live longer. I think there are many of us who know that if we only started exercising more or meditating regularly or lost 20 or 50 or 100 pounds or started eating less and making better food choices, we could feel better, be healthier and live longer.
Around this time every year I contemplate death and what it means. A few years I actually jumped out of a plane to feel as alive as I could. I highly recommend it. The reason is that on April 30, 1979, my Dad was killed by a drunk driver while walking to work. He was 34 years old. He was healthy, vibrant, athletic, and young. His death had nothing to do with health. I used to wait around for someone to run me over and like so many people who experienced losing a parent too early, I was shocked when I turned 35.
Maybe it’s the times we live in, maybe it’s that my son is a freshman in college and my daughter is entering high school in the fall. Maybe it’s that I just sat bedside with my step-father as he took his last breath at age 84? Maybe it’s because I see and feel the longing of my clients who ask me to connect with their loved ones who have passed over? Whatever the reason, I am grateful for the attention getting signs The Universe is sending my way.
We have a large number of health experts out there now days who are talking about whole foods, super foods, raw foods and how they can extend our quality of life and longevity. I for one am going to start listening and taking action. I went on a gluten free, refined sugar free, low fat, organic, low sodium, vegetation diet last year and my body loved it so much I felt like a completely different person. My own mother didn’t recognize me! I almost went broke buying too much from Whole Foods and just making simple novice mistakes when shopping. I learned a lot through and I am committed to giving it another go.
I’m looking for people who are holistic health and wellness pros who would be willing to barter their services with me.
I’m looking for a nutritionist who can occasionally advise me when I have a question.
I’m looking for someone who can help me understand which supplements are really the best for me and how I can keep it to under 67 pills a day!
I’m looking for a workout buddy who lives in the Skokie/Evanston/Lincolnwood/Edgebrook/Sauganash/Morton Grove who likes to walk, bike, swim,take a yoga or Pilates class before 10 am. I’m a VERY early bird and it’s really hard to find someone who is too.
My heart’s desire is to ring in 2013 as a wonderfully vibrant, dynamic, thriving, joyful, healthy and fit woman of God! Can I get an AMEN?
Here is the wonderful message I got from Mary Morrissey this morning that set me off. Enjoy and please remember, if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything. Blessings!
” I hold reverent regard for my physical temple, my body. I know that this body is the chariot in which my true self, my spirit, travels through this physical experience.
Whatever choices you are making today, recognize that your body; your physical temple is the chariot for your true self.
Let us today decide to hold reverent regard for our physical temple. With each choice, may we know deeply that our physical body truly is our chariot.”