Forget the Bank, Invest in Yourself

by DavalosMcCormack on July 28, 2009

We’re odd creatures aren’t we. We spend years striving to make money, to build financial stability, to own our homes, to have a nice car, to be secure as we get older. Yet all too often along the way we forget to take care of one tiny detail that can make all the other details entirely irrelevant. We forget to take care of ourselves.

I know women who are meticulous in making sure their checkbook balances every month. They can account for every dollar they spend. Yet they look in the mirror and are amazed to see they’ve put on weight, they have no idea how it happened!

It’s as if there is a disconnect between ourselves and the rest of the world. We pay close attention to make sure that all the external things are taken care of – that we have enough money in the bank to cover the rent or the mortgage, to pay for groceries and gas, to cover the cost of a new jacket we might want to buy. But we don’t pay attention to what we are putting in our mouth.

The end result is all too often that just as we are reaching a point in our lives when we want to sit back and enjoy ourselves, our bodies start to crumble and fall apart.

It’s hard to enjoy retirement when you spend half of it at the doctor’s office or taking care of one ailment after another.

It’s hard to enjoy a meal if, after years of self-indulgence, we now have to watch every single thing we eat to keep our heart disease and high cholesterol and diabetes under control.

So, just as we plan ahead for our fiscal future why not plan ahead for our physical future too. Why not make an investment in our bodies so that they continue to pay dividends when we need it.

That investment could mean buying a membership in a gym and going regularly (that last bit is particularly important) or it could simply mean taking the time out of your day to go for a walk, to think about what you are going to have for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Fundamentally it is about taking the time to do something good for yourself, taking care of your physical health, mental health, even spiritual health. It’s about investing in yourself.

After all, what good does it do you if your house is fine but your body is crumbling.

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