by Matt Weik
Now I know what you’re probably thinking … “Matt, you’ve lost your mind. What the hell does my health have to do with a Rolex? ”Stick with me because there are some similarities that will make you“ Ah ”in due course. Trust me, it will all make sense soon. Now let’s dive into how my crazy brain works.
When the Rolex is ticking and the time shows what is the problem?
Whether you currently own a Rolex or not, let’s just say you do. You have just invested in a $ 35,000 Rolex Day-Date. It shines, the bling factor is right and you feel great with it on your wrist. The piece is just stunning. You’re so proud of your investment that you use this Rolex as your everyday timepiece (luckily).
Months go by and you will find that your Rolex is showing some signs of wear. No problem, huh? Sure, it got banged around a bit, you dropped it a time or two for being careless, but overall it seems to be working fine. Little did they know that the inner workings of this caliber 3255 did not work as it did when it was first unpacked.
You notice that the time slows by a few minutes every few days and you have to keep pulling out and adjusting the crown. You think nothing of it until one day it stops working altogether. A common reaction would be, “What the hell is wrong with this thing?”
With a few emails back and forth to Rolex, you decide to send it out to keep it waiting. You pay for shipping there (stupidly expensive), the $ 800 (or more) for the service fee, and then you pay for shipping back (again, another stupidly expensive price).
How does this relate to your health?
The premise behind this story relates to your life whether or not you have already read between the lines. Just like a Rolex watch, your life and health are incredibly important, and you should do almost anything to keep them safe. Most people do not have the means to ever buy a Rolex, just as you cannot buy new life or health.
If you do not take care of your body and health, things will slowly, over time, start to break down and not function properly. This could be joint health, organ health, poor blood counts, cardiovascular or breathing problems, the list goes on and on. Many of these problems show no symptoms until something is already terribly wrong – even to the point where the first symptom leads to an unexpected death. For example, high blood pressure known as “the silent killer”.
Just like the Rolex watch, when you abuse and abuse your body and health, it gets expensive. How much is your health worth to you? Are you ready to invest the time now to make sure everything is working properly, or do you have the “this will never happen to me” mentality until something really works?
Many people take their health for granted, as some say to themselves: “It’s just a clock”. But just like a Rolex, your health is an investment. You need to take the time to exercise, get the right amount of sleep and rest every night, eat a balanced diet, and do whatever is necessary to alleviate the usual pain that occurs as you age. It’s an accumulation of all the things you’ve done over the months and years that have weighed on your health – just like an expensive Rolex.
Unlike the Rolex, where you can buy a new one at any time if you have the financial means, you don’t have the same luxury with your health. You cannot simply order a clean health certificate online – unfortunately that is not how it works. Once you have lost your health, you may never regain it. Depending on the severity of your health problems, they can even be something you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Ultimately, spending thousands of dollars every year just to maintain every type of quality of life. Is that really what you want?
How Much Is Your Health Worth?
Of course, I took it to the extreme with the Rolex example, but my thinking process and what can happen is not that far off. So you have to ask yourself, “How much is my health worth?” Is it worth making some changes right now? Depending on how your lifestyle has evolved over the years, you may have some serious catching up to do.
Is 150 minutes a week too much to exercise and improve your health? This reduces to just 30 minutes of training five days a week. This is nothing! What excuse do you have It is actually quite selfish of you if you are unwilling to invest so little time in order to live longer and healthier lives.
Think of all of your fellow human beings. Trust me, as in my own life, you have certainly seen how the health of a loved one or friend deteriorates and what that can mean for family and friends. It’s not fun to watch. This person’s bad lifestyle choices affected more people than just them. And the cost of trying to maintain or even regain your health when it has failed due to bad life choices is extreme. It can easily bankrupt people.
I really hope you get a good hard look in the mirror and think about your life and health. What are you doing? Are you proactive or are you waiting to be reactive? What happens to your children if something happens to you? What would happen to your spouse or significant other if you were away? I think it’s time we all took more care of our health and focused more on ourselves. You only have one life to live – don’t waste it. And if you ever have the resources to own a Rolex (which we’re on now) don’t abuse them. One day this watch could be passed on to your children and grandchildren. Ensure a long service life and joy for future generations.