“Begin at the beginning….and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I was grading papers for my college dance class earlier today and one paragraph in particular stuck out to me. One of my students, a young women with type 1 diabetes, wrote that the strongest focus in her life was reaching a healthy place; a healthy weight, healthy habits, a healthy diet, regular exercise.
First of all, I love that she sees her physical health as paramount to her well-being. Second of all, I had to refrain from writing a novel on her paper in my red grading pen. What I wanted to say was “oh honey, health isn’t a destination, it’s a journey”.
Is it ever really possible to reach health? I understand that making dietary changes, losing/gaining weight, or increasing/decreasing exercise can make you healthier but then we must maintain this newly achieved health.
I just congratulated an acquaintance on buying his first house. He said that he just wanted it to be over. I replied, “it’s never over!”. Home ownership is a bit like health, it takes consistent maintenance, TLC, and there are always ways to make improvements.
HAWMC Day 18!