Have you ever noticed how we will often be worried about our loved ones, and insist they do the good, healthy thing; but we rarely do it for ourselves? Isn’t is amazing how many of us will be MORE concerned with the health and well being of others, but not with our own?
Yes, it shows great altruism; and yes, maybe we often think we’re strong, and WE can take it, and that’s why we ignore or postpone to take care of our own health issues.
But if we care so much about the well being of our loved ones, maybe we should look at things from another perspective: if we ignore our own health problems, chances are that one day, this burden will fall heavily on the shoulders of our loved ones: they will have to deal with the sickens of their child / spouse / mother or father. With OUR sickness.
So if we’re not motivated enough to take care of ourselves for our own sake, then maybe we should do it for our loved ones: why put them through the hassle of dealing with our sickness? Why put them through the dismay of having to take care of us, and deal with our sickens… because we were not motivated enough to do it ourselves?
By not taking care of ourselves, we eventually end up hurting the people around us. Because, like it or not, at one point, they will have to take care of the problems we ignored and deemed as unimportant.
So if you (like most of us out there) aren’t motivated enough to take care of yourself for your own sake, then at least do it for them; do it in order to spare your loved ones of the burden of doing it for you.
Although I’ve had this though for quite a while, the “trigger” to write this post was this ad for quitting smoking, which shares a very similar idea: