I invest a large proportion of my energy and resources into my health
and well-being. I prioritize good quality, healthy, home made organic
food over many things. I would rather forgo a few trips to the
cinema/pub every month in favour of ensuring that what I eat makes me
feel well, happy and healthy both physically and mentally.

Much of what I read helps my personal growth, and I try to exercise
and stretch regularly to keep myself in reasonable shape, and to
avoid stiffness and back pain which I can get from sitting at a desk
all day. (Notice the ‘try to’…there honestly are days when I can’t
be bothered and so my little body scrunches up in to a crippled chair
shape until I am literally forced to un-scrunch my self again with a
brisk walk and some yoga!)

I know that not everyone has these priorities in life, which I
respect. But also know that many people have looked at my lifestyle
choice and wonder why I bother. I mean I do spend a silly amount on
fresh, health giving food, I go without many things for sake of the
environment, and I seriously narrow my job prospects for the sake of
not working for obviously ‘evil’ companies that harm my health, the
health of others, the environmental or animals.

I think that some doubt the usefulness of investing in their physical
and mental health for the future. One person justified their lack of
investment in their health by saying ‘Life’s too short – I could
get run over by a bus tomorrow’. Indeed that is true, and we must
live with this in mind. Not to be depressing, but we need to remind
ourselves that life is short and the years tick by so quickly that if
we don’t live the life we want to live now, then it may be too late.

But I am not just investing in my future I am investing in my now. If
I eat non-supportive food today and don’t exercise for weeks then I
feel the negative effects immediately; not just physically, but also
emotionally and mentally. It’s not just about giving myself the best
chance to avoid illness later in life. It still may happen, but if my
todays are good then my tomorrows are more likely to be good too. If
I have a clear mind (which eating mostly raw food and plenty of
greens does indeed give me) I will more likely make better life
choices today. Today is my future.

The ironic thing is that when this person told me that life was too
short – that he might get run over by a bus tomorrow, so there was no
point in stopping smoking – he was working as a cleaner in the office
where I worked. My instant thought was: if this guy thinks he may die
tomorrow then why the hell is he emptying bins and not living his
life to the max spending time with his kids or fulfilling that dream
he had always had?

I fully appreciate the commitment and challenges it takes to shift
one’s life from a place of bad health to good health, but if we
discover that the benefits will be felt immediately then perhaps we
would be more motivated to make these changes. After all, someone may
live a healthy life and feel great on a daily basis and still get
seriously sick at age 80. Someone may abuse their body and mind with
bad food, cigarettes and lack of self respect and live till they are
100, but every day might pass with them feeling low in energy,
unenthusiastic, unhappy and with a foggy mind. Thinking short term and looking
forward to a shift in our well-being in the immediate future may seem
more motivating than doing it to prevent an unimaginable, bad thing
that may or may not ever happen.

Personally, I know that if I am looking after my physical and mental
health it gives me more clarity, strength, creativity and passion to
get on with the things I really want to do in life. It’s an
investment that gives amazing returns. So even if I end up having to
empty bins to earn a living, at least I can do it with a spring in my
step and a smile on my face. 🙂