Why is it that we put so much emphasis on materialistic things that we don’t look at what we have right in front of us – our health. Everyone wants the new pair of Yeezy’s or Jordan’s. They want the Rolex or AP watch. Yet no one wants to spend any money on their health or treat it like their most prized possession. Why is that? Do they not understand the value that their health holds?
Without Your Health You Have Nothing
Let me get this straight… you’ll buy a pair of Yeezy’s for $400+ but you won’t spend $10 per month on a gym membership? Do you realize that those Yeezy’s probably won’t last you a full year before they get dirty, fall apart, and then wind up in the trash? That same investment of $400 would give you 40 months of a gym membership – that’s over three years. Which seems like a better investment?
Your most prized possession is materialistic and will lose its luster after some time. No one has the same pride and excitement to put on a Rolex watch for the 1,389th time versus that very first time you made the purchase and put it on your wrist. Sure, the status symbol may be the same but it no longer has the same satisfaction that it once did.
When you invest in your health and exercise regularly, your health and your body become your most prized possession. You see the changes you are making. You see the improvements and how your quality of life is enhanced. Your health and your body become a badge of honor. When you have your health, there truly isn’t much else that matters.
You can’t buy good health. There’s no magic pill to swallow. Sure, you can purchase supplements and nutritious food. But at the end of the day, you’re going to need to put in the work. You’re going to need to exercise. You’re going to need consistency and dedication. The most fulfilling thing about focusing on your health and making it your most prized possession is that with each passing day that you improve, you become a little prouder of yourself and your accomplishments.
Unlike the materialistic possession that loses its shine over time, your health and body are constantly changing, evolving, and becoming better and healthier. Your best investment is in your health. We have far too many people in America who are sick due to their poor lifestyle choices. We have people suffering from obesity, cancer, depression, and many other diseases that could be prevented if they put their focus where it needs to be – on their health.
Take a Look in the Mirror
Are you truly happy with your life and where you are? Are you hiding behind materialistic possessions to give the illusion of something and someone you aren’t? Are you buying things to look a certain way, impress certain people, and essentially “fake it until you make it?”
The person you should be trying to impress is the person you see in the mirror. If you aren’t healthy and your health is failing, what good are all of the prized possessions you’ve collected over the years? What good is that exotic car if you are stuck in bed fighting a disease and can’t sit in the driver’s seat and feel the power of the engine? What good is that Rolex if in the end, your time on this earth is limit? At that point, why would you even want to pay attention to time your expensive watch reads? You should be living in the moment. Which is what all of us should be doing anyway and enjoying the life we live and the people around us.
When you don’t focus on your health, it doesn’t affect just you – it affects everyone around you. When you are sick, your pain is felt by your friends and family. Most people don’t think about the consequences of their actions (or lack thereof) and what it does to those around them. Not focusing on your health and fitness is both the most selfish thing you will do along with the most unselfish thing you will ever do.
Focusing on your health and fitness and making it your most prized possession will not only help improve your life but it will also allow you to stay in the lives of those who mean the most to you. Are you prepared to die? It seems morbid but I want you to think about it. If you fell ill tomorrow and they found you have an aggressive form of cancer and only months to live, what emotions would you be feeling? Regret? Sadness? Frustration?
How do you think the news of your prognosis will affect your family and friends? No one cares about everything you have at a time like this. They care about your health and wellbeing. And when you’re gone, no one will remember the things you had, only the things you were. A good person. A hard-working individual. A loving spouse and parent. What will they say? Probably “gone too soon.”
You have your priorities all messed up if you only care about materialistic things and are pushing your health and fitness to the side. You have the means to control your life and the lifestyle you live. Do you want to be around for a long time and enjoy life? If so, you need to re-evaluate your life and what you are doing. You need to focus on your health and fitness. It needs to be your most prized possession. You only have one life to live and you should be doing everything possible to be here for as long as you can so you can make an impact on this world and those around you.