It is 7AM and I have been awake for the last few hours. Too hot to sleep and my body is aching from a hard workout I decided to do, the day after having walked the unwalkable all over Petra (very much worth it though). After an hour of futilely tossing in bed, I decided to get up. Got a shot of Amman (capital of Jordan and where I am staying) as the sun was rising: clear skies, a skyline composed of white-stone buildings and a loveable temperature make the sleep deprived experience much more pleasurable. In fact, today we are doing more sightseeing and I am very much looking forward to that!
Pretty cool sight I have from here as I write these lines
Today I decided to blog in a more reflecting manner. Short and concise, as my sleep deprived mental clarity allows, I’d like to address health as a treasure that many times we fail to cherish. I feel the need to relate to you guys in a more introspective fashion, you have been warned, so press the X thingy on your screen’s top right corner if you don’t feel like reading about some guy rambling about philosophical stuff.
During my years I have been very fortunate to have done a lot and I am glad I got to experience plenty in my, what would still be considered, young years. Dont get me wrong, I still feel I have so much more to experience and learn but having already achieved quite a few things, I have set myself in the right path of living a life full of experiences, which is a key goal in my life. Sometimes people ask me how I do it or why I do it yet I can never give them a precise reason for my thrill-seeking character. It has always being innate in me and part of it was driven by what others would describe as too much energy or simple crazyness. In any case, I always felt invincible, like nothing could stop me. Over the years, however, I have learnt that as perfect as the human body is, it will wear and tear over time. I have come to understand that health comes before anything, it is the foundation of life. In case you were wondering, yes, this post is personally motivated.
It is not until our health is hit that we get to appreciate how wonderful it is to be healthy. Likewise, it is not until we are in such a situation of malaise that we get to see how we take so many things in life for granted, the little things. Being bedridden and told you could die, having a life-threatening condition discovered or suffering the loss of someone, are examples of that which immediately and instantly turns your world around and puts things into perspective. Little things such as spending time with your loved ones, visiting places or just having a fruitful conversation become privileges that were once, erroneously so, regarded as givens.
Many times we moan and complain about things which are minutae, simple stuff which make an iota of a difference in our lives, I am the first one to admit being guilty of this. The amount of time we waste on getting upset about stuff that is transient, irrelevant, would be measured as a sustainable proportion of our daily life. If instead, we appreciated the fact that we can be upset, angry or negative because we are healthy, we would be in a much better position to make the most of our time and lives. Next time some negativity arises, take a few seconds to appreciate that you have your health and you actually have the option to give in into the negativity or simply skip it and turn it into positiveness as you realize that you have your health and, thus, the privilege of life. Having the car breaking down or having a hard day at work mean absolutely nothing if I have the privilege of being able to see my children for another day.
This post is just something that I have been reflecting as of lately and I wanted to imprint it on my blog, as Manly Curls has come to mean much more than hair. These words may seem of no apparent added value but I believe this can be useful to those who think that life is all about short term planning and rewards, read, the younger folks. The other day I had the pleasure to meet here in Amman a 92 year old man who was in better health than most men 30 years younger than him. I asked him how he got to that age in such a healthy state and he told me, in a very casual and natural manner:
“Learn to look after yourself“.
Wise words from a wise man.
All the best guys,