Healthy People Die Too

The other day for some reason, I was thinking of Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru from the 50’s. Maybe it’s because I watch health nuts jog by from my sedentary perch in the bridge tower every day. I ought to jog, but I know myself well enough to admit that I never have and never will. Jack LaLanne died at the ripe old age of 96. I doubt I’ll make it that far.

And then there’s Robert Atkins, of Atkins Diet fame, who, despite a history of heart attack, congestive heart failure, and hypertension, still believed in his controversial diet when he died at the age of 72.

Eventually, death comes for us all. That’s a fact most people don’t care to examine very closely. If you think you can jog your way to immortality, you are sadly mistaken.

I’m not saying that one shouldn’t exercise and have a proper diet in whatever form you feel that should take. These things will no doubt improve your quality of life while you are living it. But you’re still going to age. You’re still going to punch your ticket sooner or later. And all the good health in the world isn’t going to prevent you from being taken out by a cross town bus.

So make healthy choices, by all means, but every now and then, stop jogging long enough to smell the roses, and stop dieting long enough to eat the occasional bowl of coffee ice cream. Because life is what you’re living right now. Savor it.

“Jack LaLanne 1961” by Photographer: Cliff Riddle, Hollywood. – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons
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13 thoughts on “Healthy People Die Too

  1. Brian

    I agreed with you until you said the ice-cream part. What they don’t tend to tell us is that refined sugar is an addictive drug just like heroin or crack cocaine. So just because I’m going to die one day does not mean taking crack once in a while is okay. And yes, refined sugar is 4 times more addictive than cocaine. So stay clean. Or perhaps give this a try. Try removing refined sugars from your diet completely and see how you feel. (This means checking the ingredients list of the foods you intend to buy and not buying anything with the word ‘sugar’ or ‘ose’ written on the end of it) My prediction is that your mood will be severely affected and that any problems you already have will seem somewhat larger. Oh, and any other pre-existing psychological distress will be enhanced. But the question is, are you just going to sit back and allow (refined) sugar to have this kind of grip on you, or battle against it? The fact is, most people are addicted to it without even realising because they havn’t been properly educated on the matter. The same goes for alcohol. Alcohol is arguably the worst drug of them all because it causes the most deaths. So any substance or behaviour that causes psychological dysfunction by disrupting healthy mood regulation through the habitual pathways in the brain is a drug. But consider for a moment that your mind is a radio and that your reason for being is to tune the radio into the station that leads to what’s referred to as spiritual freedom. Spiritual freedom is a higher state of consciousness where the individual is completely conscious of right action at all times. Such a soul would not do the slightest thing to cause harm in any way because the ecstacy of having set him/herself right is just too precious to spoil. The truth is, such an achiement cannot be manefest when our false desires and yes, addictions continue bind us. So unless we’re doing the best we can to try and rise above the illusory treasures of this world, we’re coming back here again and again to learn whether or not ice-cream has value.

  2. lyn sutton

    Brian forgot to include the addictive quality of caffeine in your coffee flavored ice cream unless of course you meant decaffeinated coffee ice cream…no wait don’t they use a chemical process to decaffeinate caffeinated things? Oh, and while your smelling the roses, wear a mask…it might be sprayed with pesticides…but then the mask might be made of…and on and on and on. Think I’ll go have some ice cream now.

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