So often we fall into the trap of defining things as “healthy” and “unhealthy.” We tend to focus on exercise, junk food, vegetables, booze, on and on and on the list goes.
But how often do we stop to think about what being healthy really means? It means you can go to the doctor without being terrified to see the results. It means you can expect your heart to keep beating at a steady pace for years to come. It means your eyes, ears, skin, and organs are all doing what they’re supposed to do because you’re feeding them the nutrients they need. It means you can go for a walk with your family or chase your dog at the park and not feel like you can’t breathe.
Being healthy obviously means different things to everyone, but sometimes I think as a “healthy lifestyle blogger,” I get bogged down in the details (Fiber! Veggies! Low fat!) and forget to look at the big picture. I’m here. I’m living my life the way I want it to. My health doesn’t inhibit me from accomplishing anything. That’s what being healthy means to me.
I received this email from my friend Angela today, and I’m hoping you’ll take a moment to read it
Angela with her father
About 3 years ago my dad was diagnosed was stage 4 colon cancer. He has been in remission since and is in and out of hospitals still. We were lucky enough to do an experiential treatment where I gave him my kidney and my brother gave him half his liver. He is here today because of his strength and love for life (let’s be serious- baseball, pasta, and golf). He is my hero. It would be an honor to have my friends help support the colon cancer society in a run/ walk. By any means this race is not just about my dad but anyone who has suffered from cancer.
I’m starting a team and the goal is to raise $5,000. Let’s make this sappy story a happy one and help me raise money for this awesome cause. Below you will find the link with more information.
Confession: I stalked Angela’s Facebook for all these photos. I don’t think she’ll mind!
If you can, please take a moment today to think about what being healthy really means. It doesn’t just mean skipping the ice cream after dinner and it doesn’t just mean going for a run before work. Try to think of the more important things in life, and take some time today to donate to a good cause, if you can. For my part, I’m planning to join Angela on this run for her father, so I can be “healthy” in a couple different ways. This is just your friendly reminder to take a step back and look at the bigger picture today.
Question of the day: What does being healthy mean to you?