The world is not a fair place. And it’s not an easy place to get along. But it is possible for people to thrive. We see it all around us, every single day — someone who looks good, or who has a bunch of money, or never seems to get sick, or just always has fun.
So how do they do it?
Let’s Start With Fun
What is fun for me may not be fun for you. I like movies and novels — I think that’s pretty understandable. But I also like working on computers, working with video, and mowing the lawn. There are likely people in the world that would think I’m crazy for enjoying that combination of things. Similarly, I think people that love NASCAR are a bit crazy. The point is that what is fun for me may not be fun for you.
I pursue what is fun for me because it makes me feel good. And the lesson is that you need to decide what is fun for you, and pursue it.
Fitness is as Personal as Fun
What works for me in helping to make me fit is running, walking, and strength training. That seems pretty typical, but how I do it works for me. I run on treadmills to get the cardio. I walk whenever I can to keep my body moving. And I lift weights to get enough exertion to challenge my muscles. I make that work with my schedule, at levels appropriate for me.
What works for me may not work for you. So you must be mindful and persistent in your exercise until you figure out what helps you achieve the fitness level you desire.
(And if you think you don’t have any time at all, or simply don’t need it, please keep reading because I truly believe we all need a little bit of fitness every day.)
Health is the Most Personal
The big takeaway here is that the nutrition you get is also personal — probably the most personal thing there is — and has the greatest impact on your quality of life. When you decide what to eat, you are deciding based on urges deep in your bones, memories of food recently eaten, family customs based on your entire life, and the onslaught of messages you must process every moment from the media and the people immediately around you regarding what is the best thing to eat RIGHT NOW.
It ain’t easy, and it’s that much more important that you pay attention to how your body reacts to various foods, what your desires tell you about the available food, and how satisfied you are with what you’ve eaten.
The diets you hear about every other day may be a miracle for you, or they may confuse you. I think some rules of thumb are helpful, like keep the portions small, eat on a schedule, and don’t demonize food — it’s a wonderfully abundant gift that brings us life and energy. Don’t hate food. But do take care of yourself, and choose what is best for you.
My Money Problems are Not Your Money Problems
Possibly the most vexing of all is the fact that money both rules and propels are way through society, and is as difficult to come by as it is to keep around. The best approach for money is to pay attention, listen to experts, and use it to make your life better, rather than acquire things for fun.
If what is fun and meaningful to you requires money then, by all means, use your money for that purpose.
It’s All About You
The articles and books and videos we provide here at Boomers Rock are intended to help you improve your life. The path to an improved life may start with finances, and end with fitness. Or it may be the other way around.
Please take the time to think about what is meaningful for you, what problems you need solved first, and ask us if we can help.
We truly want you to improve your life.