In the wake of rising health care costs, I decided to chime in on health, sickness, and the cost of each. Yes, eating well, exercising, and generally taking care of yourself costs money. "I can't afford it", is often spoken when talking about certain steps necessary to improve and maintain your health. I get it, there are some things and people that come before taking care of yourself. However, if you don't make your health a priority, you will soon be too ill to enjoy what matters most in your life.
"You only live once" is a cliche, but also very true. In a poll of the wealthiest older Americans, there was one question where all the answers were the same. "What would you have done differently if you knew you were going to live this long?" Every answer was, "I would have taken better care of myself." No matter your level of wealth, there is one thing that can't be bought. Health.
Make it a priority to take all necessary steps to live a long and healthy life. No one is guaranteed health, but improve your chance by doing the little things everyday towards a better tomorrow. We are only given once chance at living, make it extraordinary!
I am going to leave you with the last words spoken by the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple. As he laid there, days away from passing away, he wrote these words to help inspire us all on how to live and what is most important in life...
Powerful last words of Steve Jobs -
"I have come to the pinnacle of success in business.
In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success.
However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed.
At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death.
In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me.
Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth.
It should be something more important:
For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood.
No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.
God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, I cannot take them with me.
I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love.
This is the true wealth that will follow you; will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.
Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. Everything is in your heart and in your hands.
What is the world's most expensive bed? The hospital bed.
You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot hire someone to take your illness that is killing you.
Material things lost can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life.
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain falls.
Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your friends...
Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbors."