On the risk of repeating myself: health is merely the absence of disease. Being healthy today does not mean you will be healthy tomorrow. This is particularly true in today’s world where our nutrition and lifestyle habits have a huge influence on our overall health and wellbeing as we age. After all, we don’t die anymore in our early thirties due to a violent death or uncontrolled infectious disease outbreaks.
Today, we rein our own health and wellbeing.
For those of you who still want to close their eyes to this fact or blame their genes: I call you out! In adulthood, the influence of our environment (a.k.a. our lifestyle choices) on disease progression or health lies at 80%. If you want a visual: our genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger!
Now, I find this incredibly free-ing and empowering, because it means that I control the steering wheel of how my life progresses to the most part. And here is the crux of it. I cannot ignore that steering wheel in my 20s and 30s because I am busy and stressed all the time and just hope that I still manage to float without focus and direction into the right port when it comes to my 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. I am responsible for steering it as much as I possibly can at any stage in my life, because when it comes to success with my health failure is no individual, cataclysmic event (unless you happen to be in an accident).
We do not fail overnight.
As Jim Rohn puts it: ‘Those who eat too many of the wrong foods are contributing to a future health problem, but the joy of the moment overshadows the consequences of the future. It does not seem to matter. Those who smoke or drink too much go on making these poor choices year after year after year… because it doesn’t seem to matter. But the pain and regret of these errors in judgement have only been delayed for a future time. Consequences are seldom instant; instead, they accumulate until the inevitable day of reckoning finally arrives and the price must be paid for our poor choices – choices that did not seem to matter.’
Failure creeps up subtlety, just to loom over your doorstep one day pushing in through your door to enter.
So, let me ask you again: are you failing your future health?