Your Health, Your Choice

Recently at a party, I overheard a  person talking to his friend about one of his colleagues who fell sick in spite of living a healthy lifestyle. He said his colleague always exercised and ate healthy. He was early to bed and early to rise. But was diagnosed with a disease which he now has to fight and win over.

So, this person, who apparently did not believe in exercise or diet said his philosophy of “what has to happen will happen. So why worry about it. Eat, sleep and make merry while you are alive” was proven once again.

I have always believed in eating healthy and exercising. And I owe this big time to my dad who has always led by example. He made sure his family always ate right. He bought healthy  food ingredients from wherever he could and made sure we ate them. He did his share of exercises and always kept himself fit and healthy. He experimented with various ingredients and some of them became his signature dishes and some, well, we requested him to never try again!

When I became in charge of the health of my family, I took tips from him and have always tried to have a healthy and tasty menu in my kitchen. Whenever I added too many healthy ingredients and ended up ruining the dish, I would blame it on my genes!

Exercising has always been a priority for me and I love my exercise regime. I have always tried to motivate my friends and family  into leading a healthy lifestyle through right exercise. I make an exercise pattern for my hubby also so that he can get some quick exercise during his busy schedule.

So, for a person like me, to hear something like ” What is the purpose of all these when we really don’t know what is in store for us in the future! “, sounds a little bizarre. I in fact felt sympathetic to that person. I couldn’t tell him anything because he was a stranger. I decided to write about it.

We are never fully prepared for what life has in store for us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t save, plan or dream. Even when we do not know if we would wake up the next morning, we set an alarm.

For all you know, his friend must be confident of bouncing back to health because he knows he has done his homework. His recovery (which is to a large extent driven by one’s positive frame of mind, which in turn depends on how much of homework one has done) will surely be faster and easier.

Some kids attend exams fully prepared. Some go for the exam unprepared. The chances of scoring good marks is definitely higher for those who go prepared. Now, if the question paper turns out to be very difficult, both category of students may fail. But those who went prepared can always say, ” I tried.” They know they have done their part.

Those who did not study may say ” Oh no! If only I had tried!” . They may not even be able to recognize between the tough and the easy questions. They will blame themselves for not trying.

The same logic holds good in this case. The chances of falling sick and of recovering from any illness is definitely higher for those who have taken care of their health.

The choice is ours. And at the end of the day, what matters the most is what we feel about the situation we are in.

The situation that we are in is not under our control. But how we come out of it is completely our call.  And to come out of it, we need some support ( some kind of a walking stick). Doing our homework and being prepared serves as that support when and if we need one.

Wishing all my readers the best of health, now and always!



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