“Wealth can’t buy health, but health can buy wealth”. — Henry David Thoreau
Interesting. Why? Because Thoreau died in 1862, at 44. Little did he know that all these years later, money can buy health, to a certain extent. But that’s not the reason this Thoreau quote is important.
It’s important because, in my opinion, health can buy wealth. My wife’s Grammy, who lived to be 93, would always say, “Health is wealth”.
Grammy died in my arms in 1989. We had traveled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to visit Family and I was attending our best man’s wedding.
Grammy, in her wisdom, knew firsthand that as we age, we are at the mercy of our bodies. Our body – the greatest machine ever devised. Don’t forget to rotate your tires and change the oil at regular intervals.
“Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action”. — Goethe
What does this mean exactly? Perhaps it is as simple as this:
“The unexamined life is not worth living”. — Socrates
We get one passage here on Earth. Let’s make it a good one.
“Workaholics commit slow suicide by refusing to allow the child inside them to play”. — Dr. Lawrence Susser
Recognizing the intense desire to do a good job, many people still have a challenging time overcoming mid life work addiction.
My Grandfather worked full-time, plus he ran a TV repair business out of his basement. This was back in the day when Televisions were heavy and huge. He had to travel to people’s homes. This traveling and the work required to repair TV’s in the basement, plus the travel to return the TV, must have made his work commitment enormous.
My Dad worked 5 1/2 days every single week at the Paper Mill. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, he taught 30-minute drum lessons in our living room – from 4pm until 8pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, he played drums in a band – weddings, anniversaries, clubs, etc.
Now it’s my turn. Working at a Fortune 100 Company, there is no shortage of work to be done. And I’ve done it willingly for several decades. Now, I’m also working on my retirement business – to help raise enough money to find a cure for our son’s Crohn’s disease.
The difference, I perceive, is that I have found creative ways to be part of our son’s life. But only after I squandered the first four decades of my life.
Mid Life shout out to Lane 8. Lane 8 is a GREAT place to get inspired, or stay inspired – to lead a healthy lifestyle.
What’s waiting for you there today is an article – “Staying Active At Any Age”!
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PS. Lane 8 is one of the five daily blogs I write and manage.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted”. — Ecclesiates 3:1-2
And a time for mid life, which happens in it’s own unique way for virtually everyone. For some, like me, it can easily last a decade. For others, perhaps it comes and goes over a weekend.
The essence of a mid life crisis is that it’s a time for reflection, and asking:
- “How did I get to this point in my life”?
- “Is this where I thought I wanted to be”?
- “What is the purpose of my life”?
- “Is there anything I need to change”?
- “Can I change it, and is it even worth it”?
Life is hard. There is no manual telling us exactly what to do. There are so many unpredictable things that change, destroy or inspire our plans. It’s up to each of us to choose wisely.