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Decisions of Life and Health: A 'Would You Rather' Perspective


Choosing to prioritize your health

When my daughter Madison was young, she introduced us to the simple yet endlessly entertaining game of 'would you rather.'

 

Now, to know Madison is to know she has a boundless imagination, so we had the pleasure of facing questions like this...

 

Would you rather look like a fish or smell like a fish?

 

Would you rather only watch one single movie for the rest of your life or only eat the same food for the rest of your life?

 

Would you rather discover a new planet or find sunken treasure?

 

Would you rather have super weird dreams forever or never dream again?

 

As I said, endlessly entertaining.

 

The premise of the game is straightforward, yet we played it so often that it has become ingrained in our family's lexicon, seamlessly blending into life's decisions and discussions.

 

Just a few days ago, I posted a 'would you rather' question on social media: "Would you rather wrestle an alien or Bigfoot?"

 

Just like most ‘would you rather’ questions, it’s a little absurd and a little challenging.

 

I mean that’s a tough choice. Right?

 

The outcome is uncertain no matter which way you go.

 

And the same holds true for your health. Let me explain...

 

In life, we are constantly faced with choices. Some are small, like what to eat for breakfast, while others are significant, like whether to prioritize our health. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that not actively choosing to prioritize our health is a neutral decision, but it’s quite the opposite. Every day, every moment, we are making choices that shape our well-being, whether we realize it or not.

 

Consider the person who chooses to lead a sedentary lifestyle, perhaps due to the demands of work or simply a lack of motivation. While they may feel like they are just going with the flow, they are actively choosing to forgo the benefits of physical activity and putting themselves at risk for a myriad of health issues down the line. This choice, or lack thereof, can have profound consequences on their quality of life.

 

On the other hand, some actively choose to prioritize their health. They carve out time in their busy schedules for exercise, make conscious decisions about their diet, and prioritize self-care. But even for them, there are no guarantees. Despite their best efforts, they may still encounter illness or injury. So why bother?

 

The answer lies in the wisdom of this legendary quote, "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't than live as if there isn't and die to find out that there is."

 

This sentiment can be applied to our approach to health. Choosing to prioritize our health is not just about avoiding illness or injury; it's about living life to the fullest and embracing the vitality that comes from taking care of our bodies and minds.

 

Yes, there are no guarantees in life. None of us can predict what the future holds. But by actively choosing to prioritize our health, we are taking control of the one thing we can control: our actions.

 

We are saying yes to a life filled with energy, resilience, and joy. We are investing in ourselves, not just for the sake of a longer life, but for the sake of a richer, more fulfilling life.

 

Back to ‘would you rather’...

 

Would you rather live your life being physically active, embracing vitality and resilience, even with the uncertainty of the future, or leave your well-being to chance, risking potential health issues by leading a sedentary lifestyle?

 

Choose wisely. Your future self will thank you for it.

 

Dedicated to your success,

Sam

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