We’ve all seen those movies where the main character is reflecting on their life. The choices they made, their regrets, joys and failures. The movie typically focuses on their regrets. That one love that got away, fear that led them down a safer path, quitting too soon. While it may be the movies, there are undoubtedly parallels to our own lives, because truth be told, who wants to experience regret? The key to living a good life is minimizing one’s regrets, so when we look back on our golden years we can truly say, “well done!”
We can also apply this same rationale to our health. Many times poor health is the result of a series of decisions that contribute to it. This series of decisions can literally take years before we see the results such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. When faced with the reality of our decisions it’s easy to think that we can simply get by with taking prescription medications. But this only masks the symptoms and does not get to the root of the problem. Getting to the root of the problem means taking a good hard look at the decisions we have made up until that point and deciding to change. Change what we eat, change our level of physical activity, change how we treat ourselves. Consider the symptoms a warning sign. A warning sign to minimize your health regrets in the future.
Yes, we can always take positive steps to change the outcome. We can take control of our daily decisions so that they help us be the best version of ourselves. We needn’t look back on our life with health regrets. We needn’t negatively impact the quality of our golden years. We can enjoy optimal health at every stage of life. It simply begins by making better decisions, every day. The choice is ours.