I don't care much for gym-going. I don't like lifting weights. I couldn't care less about achievements in fitness. But I do care about my health in a general sense.
I say general sense because I think our society places too much emphasis on it all. It has become, to many, everything. That I don't want. That is unhealthy, imbalanced, and pretty miserable sounding. So, with that said, I thought I'd give you a sense of how health affects my life.
What Health Means for a Creative/Nerd/Writer Like Me
It's really quite simple. I believe I have one life to live. There is nothing more. The first part of that is living for as long as I can. The second part of that is living healthy for as long as I can. For me, health is about taking the steps to ensure that I have the mental, emotional, and physical strength to continue doing the things I love most, for as long as I can:
- Writing: blogging; working on projects that inspire and challenge me to become a better writer; scribbled observations on tiny pieces of paper; jokes on Twitter that make me laugh and inspire others to either roll their eyes or block my account
- Jumping: into puddles after long rains; over nephews pretending to be turtles; practicing ninja kicks with my goofy, pole bean of a wife
- Expressing: joyful bear hugs; smiling at strangers; skipping when I don't care to walk; singing when I don't care to talk
- Imagining: I am on an important NASA mission to help pass the time while I sit in Southern California traffic; my hands are not hands at all but laser guns; what I would talk about with Mark Twain if he asked me over for lemonade and sandwiches
- Hiking: to discover and take in new scenery; to find peaceful moments in the sounds of chirping birds, wind rustling fallen leaves, our Labrador's ebullient panting
- Learning: by reading articles on concepts that are way over my head, but gleaning just enough to inspire thought and research; by questioning everything; by not being scared to fail
- Laughing: at everything
- Reading: everything I can muster
- Gleaning: as much as my brain can hold
To go on doing all of these things, I need to have a general understanding of health, and how health contributes to the things that I love. Happiness and joy and gleaning and learning and challenging and discovering. I find that if you focus on these things, you'll naturally gravitate toward a general sense and understanding of what health means for you. That's all that matters.
Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know on Twitter @SubjectPlusVerb.
You can also listen to what health means to Mindy and Matt as they discuss these ideas with Greatist Founder Derek Flanzraich! Also, don't forget to download the latest Nerds For Hire episode on Freelance Visual Arts with Grant Snider of Incidental Comics and Leisa Rich of Mona Leisa Art.