Shit Happens

Everything is going smoothly in your life and then, like a meteor heading steadily straight for your home, it hits with an earth shattering bang! Maybe that statement is a little mellow dramatic but the point being that shit happens and we don’t always have control over it. I realize you’re probably thinking, what could I possibly be talking about. Of course we don’t have control over most of what happens in our lives. Or do we?

Let’s look at an all too often scenario that you’ve either heard of from a friend or it’s happened to you or a family member. There’s talk about making changes, whether it be to lose weight, eat healthier, to exercise more or for that matter to begin exercising since the last time you exercised was probably in high school because you were forced to.  That’s great, right? Yes, if only words were put to action.

Fast forward to the first sentence of the above paragraph.

Here’s the scenario. A family member or friend wakes up not feeling well. They complain of feeling tired, have chest pain, back pain, their pulse is racing but no one is panicking. The person repeats their symptoms with a little more description and “boom.” You’re racing them to the nearest emergency room in fear they may be having a heart attack. That’s the metaphorical meteor that just hit your house! You’re quiet morning just disappeared.

Congratulations, you and your loved one are now part of the hundreds of thousands of people who are rethinking their healthy or lack thereof lifestyle. You’re doing this while in the ER. You’re rehashing the prior day’s events or the week’s events, wondering how this can happen to such a young person. I’m here to tell you, that age isn’t the only factor here. As a matter of fact, there are many factors that play a role in all this.

If you think you have to be over 40 to have a heart attack, stroke or cancer, you are mistaken.

There are averages and statistics all over the place to make you feel secure, but they’re only numbers and guidelines. You have family history, stress and what you do for yourself or not do, that is just as important in factoring in what can or can possibly be avoided.

It’s unfortunate many of us wait for someone else to be hit by a meteor before we make a plan of action for ourselves. Imagine, what would happen if more people consciously decided to avert that meteor long before it could possibly hit. Why not be part of the hundreds of thousands who are looking further ahead for themselves and their family. You plan for your funeral by buying a plot or whatever other arrangements you want to make. You create a will for your family so they don’t have to worry about the small details of all your estate. So why wouldn’t you plan to remain healthy for as long as possible to share all of what you have with your loved ones, now, present day. Prepare for when shit happens.

Not many people I know are sitting around waiting for a meteor to hit their house directly; however, it does seem as though many are looking to the sky wondering if it will. Instead of wondering when and if, look ahead to what you can do now. Plan better for a healthier tomorrow and sit down with your spouse, your kids, your parents, your friends. Make a plan for your future that includes a simple lifestyle change that’s void of meteors in your near future.

Yes, shit happens. It means that sometimes you don’t have control over what happens. But when you do have the ability to control the outcome by making good choices then it seems