One of the MPCF pillars is Health, as we believe is the foundation of vitality. This incredible article encourages us to make a change on us so we can make change in our society.
I am healthy now, I was healthy yesterday, but I don’t know about tomorrow.
Today I can run, jump, laugh, swim, ride a bike, listen to music and dance to it.
I work with children who were born with congenital heart defects. They didn’t get to make any choices about their lifestyles or behaviours; their health was predetermined for them. These children have a scar on their chest that reminds them that life is precious and fragile. I also work with people who have been affected by Parkinson’s disease. Every day they have to adapt to their reality, manage the disease and wait hopeful for a cure. Their mobility is impaired, they live with a tremor and they find themselves unable to do the things they were able to. These people don’t take their bodies for granted.
In today’s world we are challenging our minds at the expense of challenging our bodies. We forget that we have bodies that are able to run, jump, laugh, swim, ride a bicycle, listen to music and dance to it. We spend our days sitting and thinking, and when it is time for a break we sit again. Most people can’t remember the last time they challenged their bodies to the point of feeling out of breath and covered in sweat.
If you can relate to this, take a minute to reflect upon your health. The health you have today and you might not have tomorrow. If your knees are not hurting today go out and run, if your balance is good stand on one foot, if you have a ball play catch, if you own a bicycle use it, if you can walk then WALK! Recreation doesn’t end at the movie theatre; there are parks, ice rinks, fields, trails and more. Our bodies were not wired to sit still, we are designed to move.
Our health is precious and fragile; no one is immune to disease. I am not only writing this to promote physical activity for the health benefits (which is what I do for a living). I am also talking about movement for the sake of moving, moving for life just because we can. If you live in a healthy body be thankful, don’t wait until disease comes to scare you. We don’t need a scar in our chest or a tremor to be reminded about how precious and fragile our health is.
So until tomorrow comes I will run, jump, laugh, swim, ride a bicycle, listen to music and dance to it.
- Shelly Rosenthal @ShellyRok