Have you heard the saying, “Here today, gone tomorrow or Up today, down tomorrow?” I’m sure you have heard theses sayings. One day you are sitting on top of the world and the next minute things come crashing down around you.
I don’t mean for this post to take a morbid tone, but sometimes, to get others take notice of things, we have to tell it like it is.
My father passed away from cancer. The family was devastated when we received then news, because he was in the last stages of the disease. No surgery or treatment could help him. My father lived three months after receiving the cancer diagnosis.
My father is not the only family member who has passed away from cancer and I know he is not the last. I know I don’t have a positive outlook, but this is real talk.
I never knew how important it was for us to take care of the bodies/temples, until I looked in the eyes of cancer. That wake up call was the loudest I had ever heard in my life.
Young Does Not Equal Invincible
When I was a teenager and even during my college years, I didn’t think much about health. I ate what I wanted and was hardly ever sick. You couldn’t tell me anything, because I knew I had it going on in every way. Well, not exactly, but you get my point.
As I got older, I understood that I was not invincible and that young people get sick too, some even die.
Caring for our bodies/temples/health is something we learn from our families. Some of us are fortunate to have health conscious families, while others are not so fortunate.
As we grow older we continue doing what we learned from our families. Habits and routines are not changed until we educate ourselves. Once we educate ourselves, then we can break old habits and routines; passing along what we learn to others.
Don’t Take Your Health For Granted
There is no reason you should let your good health slip away. Always remember, you’re the only person responsible for your health and well-being.
Here are five reasons why you should not take your health for granted:
1. You don’t need sickness/Illness. If you take care of your health, your health takes care of you. Be careful how you treat your body/temple. How you treat your body/temple shows up as you get older. Give your body the good stuff and it will be good to you.
2. You don’t need excessive weight. Not everyone who neglects health gains weight. But then there are some who do gain weight and can’t seem to drop the pounds. Excessive pounds on the body, takes a toll on the body. In this case, take a good look at your nutrition, activity and well-being. They all play a role in maintaining a healthy body weight.
3. You don’t need the medical bills. Health care is very expensive, and even more expensive when you have an illness. Some people can’t get the care they need for illnesses, because they either don’t have health insurance or they just can’t pay for the medications or treatments needed. Invest in your health now, so you don’t pay later.
4. Your family and loved ones need you. Being sick and having an illness, takes its toll of families and loved ones. The things you use to do with your family and friends get limited. This limitation can affect your relationships, more than you will ever know. Good health is like having money in the bank and I mean lots of it. When your health is good, you have it all. But when your health is failing and is bad, you have nothing.
5. You need you. Only you can keep you in good health. If you neglect your health, who can you depend on to get your health back. You can look to doctors for cures, but the reality is that they can only do so much for you. It’s up to you to do the rest.
Don’t wait until an illness creeps up on you, before you start thinking about your health. Start today, by taking charge of your health. If you don’t take charge of your health, who will?
Evelyn Parham shares healthy living tips and inspiration for your mind, body and spirit. Learn more about Evelyn by visiting the About page. Get blog post updates and news delivered straight to your inbox by signing up here.
TRUE, TRUE, TRUE! Excellent article, Evelyn. When we don't take the time to take care of our bodies by putting all kinds of processed food in it because it's convenient, it debilitates the body and the end result is obesity and countless illnesses that we're not suppose to have.
This was a great post, its very true; coming from a us marines i really thought i was invincible going through such harsh conditions. i really thought i was superman but 4 years later after i completed my tour i went to the doctor only to find out i was very unhealthy from sucking up all the harsh conditions and unhealthy eating i was doing. Now i make sure i eat that salad for lunch n dinner that i used to say no too and breakfast i used to skip.
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I'm sure you thought you were invincible as a US Marine. I think everyone thinks that about a Marine. ;)
I'm glad you made the changes you needed to improve your health and are doing well.
I just finished watching the movie 50/50 that just came out on DVD - there's a scene where the main character first learns he gets cancer and doesn't believe it because he is so young. Excellent article, will always be thankful for good health.
You know I'm lovin' this post right?!
Don't know if I mentioned it to you before but my father had a massive heart attack at age 39, a mild stroke in his 40s and passed away at 58 of a second heart attack.
Hey Ms. Fullroller!
I'm glad you're lovin' this post.
Yeah, I recall you mentioning it (the heart attack) in one of your You Tube videos. I didn't know about the stroke, though. He was very young.
My husband's cousin died 2 years ago from a heart attack and he was only 39. It was a reality check because we were the same age.
So glad you stopped by, shared and chimed in. Always a pleasure!
We need to guard our health like our wealth (after all "health is wealth") to remain healthy.
We realize the importance of health when we get sick. But it is better for us to realize the importance before we get sick (PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE).
Sometimes whenever we feel that we have the strength to move and to go for it, we simply do it without regard whether or not we need rest. Being young really doesn't mean that you are already healthy. This is a must-read for everyone who has the propensity to neglect their health.
This topic is somewhat morbid but it is what is really happening nowadays. You'll just be surprised that your bestfriend or someone close to you is suddenly diagnosed with cancer. It is inevitable but like your advice, we must take care of our health, it is the best prevention we can take against cancer or other diseases.