We live in a world where the following things are considered “normal”:
- Eating everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING … but in “moderation”, of course
- Allowing our kids to eat sugar and junk food every day because they are doing so “in moderation” and because not doing so is not “normal”
- Spending day after day completely sedentary, moving from house to car to office then back to house
- Hiring people to do all manual labor around our homes from cooking to cleaning to gardening to childcare
- “Relaxing” at the end of our long day by watching mindless television or chatting with our equally exhausted and equally “normal” mindset cyber-friends
- Believing that despite our hired help, our cars to take us everywhere, households full of time saving equipment like dish washers and washing machines, and the hours spent on passive screen-based entertainment, that we don’t have time to cook healthy meals or get any exercise
- Taking all kinds of pills to alleviate illnesses and symptoms brought on entirely from doing all of the above
- Having to take more pills to alleviate the side effects caused by the first pills
- Undergoing surgeries where a doctor cuts our bodies open with knives and saws (um hello, SAWS, yes they do!) to fix the problem the pills didn’t fix
- Feeling this physical and mental decline is all an inevitable part of the aging process
- Feeling hopeless to change anything
The other day on Facebook, someone posted one of those quote boxes that said “Adulthood: If you’re not tired, you’re not doing it right.” and a whole string of people said “Amen to that!” People, I would like to add, who are at least 20 years younger than my remarkably UN-tired self.
I feel so bad for these people. I feel so sad that people just stumble through life exhausted and drained, not ever imagining the kind of energy and health they could have if they just chose it. I sometimes feel like I am living in a world that is the exact enactment of the films Wall-E and Idiocracy! The future has arrived indeed.
Folks, please, please, PLEASE wake up! Please make the connection between HOW you live your life and the way you FEEL living your life! Stop waving your white flag of defeat before even stepping onto the battlefield!
- I don’t think that most of us can live in this modern food obsessed, food-abundant world and NOT worry about what we eat and how much. Very few people have the ability to stop when they are full and only eat when truly hungry. Some can, but judging by the “obesity crisis” most can’t. I can’t. I have tried it and it got me obese, sick and miserable. I pledge everyday to not ever go back to that dark place. Read the fascinating Myth of Moderation HERE. And my experience and thoughts on “everything in moderation” HERE.
- Kill yourself in the gym? Give me a break! I don’t “kill” myself in the gym. I kill myself when I am NOT in the gym. Our bodies need to move, lift heavy things, stretch, jump and climb. If those actions are not part of your natural life (ie you sit at a computer all day) then you need to work them in somehow. Working out is what keeps us alive, strong, supple, and mentally well-balanced. Being sedentary is what is a death sentence. How have we gotten that so backwards?
- F*&k Normal! “Normal” these days is synonymous with diseases like cancer, being overweight and or under-strong, and complaining of how tiring life is. People hobble along like sheep following the crowd, accepting that cancer is normal, stiff bodies are normal, being tired and overwhelmed by life is normal. They believe that making time to cook healthy food is some weirdo fringe behavior and that rolling up to the drive-through window is “normal eating”.
- People say to me “I let my kids eat junk food because I want them to “feel normal about food.” When did junk food become normal food? When did cooking healthy food become bizarre and extreme??
- Every day I wake up and say “I can be better. I can do better. I can feel better. I can be happier.” Eating healthy, exercising, having a purpose, a dream, and the energy to pursue it – those are the rungs on the ladder I will keep climbing.
“Normal” is going to kill you – escape while you can!