Monday, April 2, 2012

Quotation Inspiration

HAWMC Prompt #2 Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” -Buddha.
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I have always held great admiration for Buddha. I don't see how you couldn't. And this particular quote really speaks to me.

Before dealing with a chronic illness, I did what pleased me and rolled my eyes at every warning my parents gave me about how I would pay for it in the future. It's in the future, so why should I care? I would just deal with it then. But my future decided to play a trick on me; I am cursed to live with Lupus for the rest of my life. Unless I am lucky enough to be alive when a cure for Lupus is found.

I see people who play video games for hours and hours every day. I see people who eat whatever they want. They don't exercise. I see people smoking. People who drink until they black out and party until the sun rises the next morning. People who work until they are stressed to the breaking point. People who are on drugs. Who take unnecessary and dangerous risks. And they have no idea how good they have it right now. They don't understand that now they aren't suffering from any serious health problems. They don't have permanent damage done to their body yet. They don't understand that right now, they're fine, but something will happen and the rest of their lives will depend on how well they have taken care of their body and how well they take care of it in the future. Their future will depend upon it. And it will happen, unless they die first.

It hurts me to see people wasting their chance at a wonderful, healthy life. I would trade lives with them in a heart beat. I get angry when I see people smoking or people who are morbidly obese. They don't realize what they are wasting. They have no idea what they could have. Or they think, later I will. Later, in the future. And it depresses me when I see people play video games for hours and hours. When they're old and telling their grandchildren stories of when they were young, what memories will they have to share? "I spent most of my life in front of a screen playing games." They will have nothing. They could be out camping or hiking or playing paintball or hanging out with friends. Because when they're older, they won't be able to do that. Not like they could if they did it now.

It is every human's duty to maintain their health. We already know what the future looks like if we don't. And we know how incredible our future could be. Why are we choosing to barely live? Because it's easier? But will easier make us happy? Are we truly happy living a half-ass life? No. There is a piece of us missing, and it is our own doing. And it all starts with our health. So trade some junk food in for something healthy. Go for a walk outside. Meditate. Just do something.
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