As The Sound of Music would say… “these are a few of my favourite things.” But unfortunately for me my nearly 30-year-old body flatly disagrees.
I never could have imagined that impact these things would have on my body throughout my 20’s. I’m still shy of turning the big 3-0 (only a few months, but it still totally still not there yet) and I already struggle with all sorts of ongoing self-inflicted issues as a result of the choices I made when I was younger and reckless. I kind of want to slap young me. Or hug her until she stops struggling.
When we’re young, wild and free we live with wild abandon. We don’t tend to think about the long-term consequences our choices and actions will have on our 30, 40 and 50-year-old selves. We think about where to party that night… or how hard that University class was (because we were hungover). In fact, I remember the last thing I wanted to be lectured about in my late teens and early 20’s was the long-term effects of… anything, really. I partied. I made poor decisions. I felt as though I was invincible. I was also very selfish and stupid.
For this, I would like to issue a formal apology to my body.
I am sorry. I’m sorry for abusing you and taking you for granted for so many years. I’m sorry for putting holes in you and tattooing you and making you ‘so unique and cool’ because I believed that you were mine and I could do whatever I damn well pleased. I’m sorry for being toxic and hurting you and I’m ready to change. Please forgive me.
Okay – that feels better. But listen, I’m not saying someone is a bad person for living in the moment or ‘enjoying life’ as someone who is young and independent; but man do I wish I had spoken less and listened more (and listened with intent) when people told me to slow down, take care of my body and think about what I was doing to it. I wish I had weighed the consequences a little heavier.. and taken just a little bit longer to make some of the rash decisions I did.
I am now (finally) acknowledging the need to look after myself better… to take more care of the body that has seen me through everything and begin to give back to it in ways that I never have before. I am going to treat my body like the temple of life that it is by nourishing it and loving it with intent. I will start by drinking more water. And switching to decaf. But seriously…
What do you do to show your body love? Do you exercise, take minerals/vitamins or meditate? Do you believe it is more important to nourish and heal the body from the inside out? I’d love to hear some of the ways people practice self-care and invest in the longevity of their bodies.
(wise) Windy May