A few weeks ago, I attended my childhood friend’s daughter’s wedding in Florida. It was a fun and exciting event, with the added thrill of spending the weekend with my mother, brother, and sisters. I noted that it didn’t seem that long ago that my family and I were the focus of the wedding we attended. Times goes by, and it seemed that we were now the second tier relatives, kind of like the distant aunts and uncles I reluctantly invited to my wedding.
I had not seen some of the guests at the wedding for a few years, and others I had not seen in over fifteen years. In addition to catching up with those I had not seen, I really enjoyed just watching people. What do I watch in people? Call me crazy, but this is what I do:
I look at their posture; are they standing erect and comfortable like I remember them when they were in their 40’s, or are they slouching, with their heads carried forward like an oversized bowling ball?
I look at their gait. Do they walk with ease and comfort, or are their steps shortened, tentative, and uneven?
I listen to how they talk. Do they seem happy and upbeat like I remember, or do they sound stressed, tired, depressed, and angry?
I listen to what they talk about. Is it pain, sickness, illness, medication, and limitations, and the resignation that accompanies that type of talk, or do they talk about plans, dreams, adventure, with a sense of excitement in their voice?
I wonder, what happened to them over these years? Why do they seem so different from what I remembered?
I truly treasure my knowledge and awareness about health, and am so thankful for the understanding I have gained over the years, whether it is in regard to maintaining the health of my Nervous System through chiropractic care, a proper exercise regimen, or choosing the healthiest diet to ensure my maximum health. I understand that not everyone has that knowledge, or even a level of awareness to take action. It has taken me twenty years of dedication and devotion to arrive where I am.
Regardless of what you know and the actions that you take, here are your options:
When you reach your 50’s, 60’s, and beyond, if you haven’t made the decision and spent the time and energy to regain your health, it become harder and harder to climb that mountain. The warning signs have been sounding for many years, and the alarms are getting louder. When you have spent those years ignoring those warning signs, do you think your body is trying to tell you something? What is it trying to tell you? Probably something like, “if you don’t start listening to me, we’re going to take you down.”
If you are in your 30’s and 40’s, you may still think you are in your “immortal” phase. Fortunately for me, I had experienced enough “warning signs” in my 30’s that I had to take action if I wanted to regain my health. If this is you, my words of advice based on my experience are that the hands of time only go forward. There is no turning back the clock. Take action NOW to make the rest of your life the healthiest it can be. It all starts with regaining the health of your Nervous System.
At the end of July, I have another wedding. It’s the daughter of my friend’s brother, and the cast of characters will be the same. I’m looking forward to spending that weekend with my family again, and doing my fair share of people watching and listening. I know what’s important to me, and that’s all I can control. How about you? What do you think you can control? Probably more than you think!