This would be funny if it wasn’t reality.

Frustrations of a fat world
Alright, alright, so I’m not frustrated with the overwhelmingly large number which appears on many individuals’ scales today, but rather, I am frustrated with the lack of respect and concern for ones health. I am not frustrated with the fact that many individuals today are overweight, I am frustrated with the fact that this does not concern them. Or, if it does concern them, they are still, for some reason which I cannot clearly comprehend, hesitant to implement the necessary alterations to their unhealthy and frankly, unlivable, lifestyle.

It seems that today’s society is perched on a pedestal which idolizes shortcuts. I must sheepishly admit that I, too, am a victim of this rather preposterous reality. I arrive at the grocery store with the utmost intention of buying the foods that will best fuel my body towards health, yet i still embarrassingly catch myself cutting corners to save a couple of measly dollars here and there. It is not that much to ask of ourselves, of our bodies, of our health, of our lives, to spend the extra 50 cents on the bag of organic apples, rather than intoxicating our bodies with the danger of lurking and lingering pesticides. Thus, I have come to realize there are certain words which we Americans place a frightening amount of value on in our vocabulary – cheapest, fastest, easiest, shortest, etc. – you get the idea.

Lazy, the new Savvy
When did being lazy become the new savvy? Some may beg to differ, they may attempt to contest this argument with the claim that these words are simply synonyms for being efficient. However, I am baffled when I must explain something so evident, so placidly clear : health and efficiency need not be in the same sentence. In fact, they should be prohibited from appearing in the same sentence, let alone the same paragraph. These concepts should never collide with one another. Ever. Unfortunately our lazy and listless society will be displeased to hear that health requires the exact opposite of efficiency – health requires commitment, consistency, patience and caution.

Now please do not misconstrue my words to mean that health is something difficult to attain and maintain. I simply wish to convey the point that health is not something which can be overlooked in leu of seemingly more important things, such as money and time. Because I hate to break it to you, but when all is said and done, if you allow your health to go to the wayside, you will suddenly find yourself lacking both time and money.

So do yourselves, your family, your friends, and your fellow taxpayers, a favor, and go for a run, eat some fruits and veggies, and maybe, just maybe, if you’re feeling crazy, do some push ups. But just remember, there are no shortcuts in health. Consistency. Patience. Commitment. These should be the favored words of the English language and the American vocabulary.

Another good word to add to our vocabulary, calm. Calm consistency. Calm commitment. Calm, calm, calm.

2 thoughts on “shortcuts

    • I know! Yet, we also have to remember the extreme emotional and psychological component that goes hand in hand with health and nutrition for some people – they let their ego get in the way, and are afraid to admit to themselves, and to others, that they need and want help. Plus, cultural differences also impede people from admitting that they should still care about their health- but really the issue in communities where rich foods are so tied to culture, is that those surrounding them often aren’t supportive because those people are subconsciously trying to sabotage their friend/family member because they might feel jealous that someone else is doing something amazing and difficult for themselves.

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