Recently one of my Ayurveda teachers made a statement in class. He was talking about health and what defines "good health." Then he said, in an off-hand sort of way, "The absence of symptoms isn't equivalent to being healthy."
I mean, duh, obviously just because you're not actively complaining about a health issue doesn't mean you've got a clean bill of health. But, also, WOW, what an amazing reminder.
As someone with chronic illnesses, I can attest to his statement. There are days I feel like I'm 100 years old, and others where I feel like I'm 35. And, usually, just because I feel like an ancient artifact doesn't mean that I present that way – meaning I've got to be in a really bad way for anyone to be able to notice.
I've also known folks who appear super healthy who've ended up having some pretty scary illnesses and diseases. It's that whole you-can't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover thing.
Since it's unhealthy to move through life in a fearful state, what do we do? That's easy.
It's all about prevention.
I'm not going to list all the ways we can take care of ourselves. I've done that before extensively on my Taday Wellness blog.
But waiting until life isn't so busy, until you're retired, or until you have more money isn't going to serve you. The time to improve your overall health and wellbeing is NOW.
You already know that intuitively. I'm just giving you the not-so-subtle reminder.