I have recently been suffering from lengthy chronic pain, not being able to eat solid food for 9 months, and a time in hospital. You can read the story here. Although the last 9 months have been exhausting mentally and physically, I now have a much kinder outlook on life.
It’s not until your health is taken away from you, that you really realise how lucky you are. All of a sudden, all the little things that were once big things really do become insignificant.
Once, cranky petrol station attendants used to really get on your nerves but now you see he’s just an overworked man who might have a back ache. You’re legs that are short and bum that is a little bit too big was once a an absolute disaster but now you are grateful just to have legs and a bum no matter how big it is. Those telephone bills you have to sit down and pay that always used to give you the peeves because you would do it via phone talking to a computer generated voice, is now a breeze because you are grateful to even have ears to be able to hear the computer voice on the other end of the phone.
Many people put a lot of focus, determination, time and effort into working hard, making money, saving money, investing money and building superannuation in order to create ‘wealth’. It is very easy to put healthy eating and exercise on the bottom of the list of life’s chores, but what is wealth if you don’t have your health?
What is the point of all the money if you develop heart disease from eating too much saturated fat? What is the point of all the money if you can’t read the morning newspaper because years of unhealthy eating, no exercise and obesity has led to Type 2 diabetes and eventually degeneration of your macular. What is the point of the wealth if you can’t even spend your money at a restaurant because you are stuck indoors with exhaustion and depression from being overworked? What is the point of the wealth if you have to keep working long hours just to pay for the new clothes every season because you just keep putting on weight.
If you have your health, I can assure you that you will forever feel wealthy. You will be able to enjoy every little bit of life’s moments and feel like you can conquer the world, and because of this be a happier and more successful person.
So let’s start putting our health before our wealth and we will feel wealthy because we are healthy.
Until next time,
The Nutrition Guru x