It hit me like a ton of bricks on January 1st: I am getting old. Not old, old but old enough that I am realizing the weight of my own responsibility to take care of myself. I’ve always been mature enough to understand that every action has a reaction, but I’ve never fully accepted that I have a responsibility to plan for that reaction in advance. Here’s an example: when I imagine myself in five years, I see myself as eating very healthy, whole foods and in better shape than I am now. But whereas I used to just sort of assume things happen as they happen, it finally clicked in me that if I want to be healthy in five years, I better start now. If I want to be healthier, then I need to take action. I’m not just going to just magically become a little green eating fairy who is obsessed with healthy foods the day I turn 31, so if this is what I want then I need to start right now. Action: eat healthy. Reaction: be the healthiest version of myself at 31. Obviously this works the other way as well. It could very easily look like this: Action: do what feels good now. Reaction: in 5 years wonder why I’m unhealthy and out of shape. Make sense? Everyone in life has the opportunity to make whatever decisions they want, but you don’t have the opportunity to ignore the consequences that accompany those decisions.
All that to say, this is the first year that I feel actual burden to treat myself better and to plan for the reactions to the way I treat myself. Mentally, physically, spiritually. I asked about healthy eating on my facebook page and one of my friends shared this great quote with me from Beni Johnson:
“You are body, soul, spirit. All three are important. Keeping them healthy should be a way of life.”
For me, this journey starts with eating whole, healthy foods and learning why I’m doing so. I want to eat rich, whole foods that are life giving and sustaining. (Pizza too, duh, that feeds my soul and spirit) I want to learn to plan for the reaction to make sure it’s a positive one– one that I’m proud of and not one that I dread. I want the consequences of my food choices to be positive and not negative.
The older I get the more I’m training myself not to be an idea bully, so I never want to force my vision onto anyone else, but I also hope you won’t mind that I want to share this journey with you. If you want to jump on board and learn about this with me, I’d love to have you. If you have something to share, don’t you dare keep it from me!
I’m learning to plan for the reaction of taking care of my body, soul and spirit, want to join me?