I was so excited. Yesterday, I had planned a trip to Fairmont Hot Springs. After a busy couple of months with family in town, we finally had a weekend with just us. I crave this time. Time to connect with on a deeper level with those that have the biggest piece of my heart. So I planned this quick trip. An easy drive over to Fairmont, swim and soak, stay the night and then back home again. What is the old saying, 'when you make plans, the universe laughs'? It definitely laughed right in our face. We got 30 mins from Fairmont when our car decided it had had enough and just stopped. Luckily, we were able to pull off an exit before getting stranded. Just over 90 minutes later we were back in Missoula after being towed home. What is actually wrong with our car still remains to be seen, but I'm sure it's either a costly fix or us looking for a new car, also not a cheap endeavor.
Looking back on how we had taken care of our car, we are kind of embarrassed. We missed the last service and oil change, and our record with being on time with our car maintenance was pretty dismal. It's no wonder we are now looking at a costly exercise to get us to some new wheels. This is so indicative of how many treat their bodies. Many wait until their body is not only rattling and groaning, but actually screaming before taking action. When we wait until something is seriously wrong, the road back to health is going to be long, time consuming and a significant investment.
I see this frequently. When I hear 'my health is pretty good, I just take this and this medication, my energy tanks in the afternoon, my PMS severely effects my ability to function one week every month, and I need a sleep aid to actually get any sleep etc etc.' Symptoms are your bodies check engine light. They are your back up camera beep beep beeping, telling you that you're about to hit something. Our bodies are amazing. They will continue to adapt to terrible maintenance for longer than you would ever put up with someone treating you poorly. They continue to strive for homeostasis every single day. Many band-aid the warning signs - over the counter NSAIDs, prescription drugs, CBD, alcohol/tobacco and a concerted effort to ignore, but eventually you will be shown in no uncertain circumstances that a cover up is never the answer.
Taking the time to care for your body in a way that will allow you to thrive isn't easy. It takes time, effort and dollar bills. A clear and connected nervous system, daily movement, quality nutrition and a healthy dose of self efficacy is not the norm in our society. Lack of symptoms is healthy. Hell, symptoms controlled with medication is healthy. But it's not. I encourage you to take a hard look at yourself. Get the facts of your health and then make the necessary changes, because there will definitely be changes to be made. I truly believe how we do one thing, is how we do everything, so I'll be taking a deep look at how I'm taking care of myself. If I can't take care of my car so it doesn't break down on the side of the road, there are obviously pieces of my own health that I'm missing. Stay tuned to hear what they are!
If you need help, reach out. I would love to help you achieve your health goals and make lasting change in your life. Not only do you deserve it, but your family does too.
Peace, Love and Wellness