When did old and fat become a badge of honor? When did hard work, eating healthy and exercising become the uncool thing to do? I get more flak for working out and eating right, then the 300lb dude next to me who says he’s just old and fat – when he’s like forty. “I’m just old and fat.” Like that’s something to be proud about, but if I start talking about health and fitness, I’m some kind of crazy person. Why would you let something so small terrify you to the point of petrification?
“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
What happened? I think a lot of things happened. One – I believe we are in a society that wants for nothing. We don’t have to work very hard for anything that we have, and we are complacent. Second – I think the “everyone gets an award” mentality has run it’s course. The perceptions of “I don’t have to work hard and I can have same things that person has” mind set is debilitating. Third – food. People have no self control when it comes to food. Ice cream, chips, cookies, bread, candy, pop, energy drinks – it’s all right there and so tasty. Fourth – the quick fix. There is a quick fix for everything. Our society has no patience. Take a pill for this, take a pill for that. Box diets. Drops. Injections. Loose weight now without any work. And last – Doctors. We live in a time where one of the major money makers in America is chronic illness. If physicians want to keep making millions of dollars- you have to be sick. They don’t make money if you’re healthy. If you move and eat right, keep your weight down – they don’t have as many chronic conditions to treat, or joints to repair, or back injuries to work on. You don’t have the same metabolic conditions that need specialty care. Less Cancers to treat. No Blood pressure issues or cholesterol problems. No heart surgery or stents that they can just go place inside your coronary arteries over and over. What? If I take care of myself I won’t need the hospital? That’s right – it can be for emergencies like it was meant to be.
“A people that values it’s privileges above it’s principles soon looses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower.
What do you expect? Good question. I guess a call to action. Not just for your physical, emotional, and mental well being, but for those around you. Look at what is happening. You think this is sustainable? It’s not. Wake up. Get off your ass. Get to work and make yourself better. Make those around you better. Work to make the community you live in better. Change your badge from “I’m just old and fat.” To “I’m fucking Unstoppable.”
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand
Hard Times Make Hard People. Live Uncommon
- July 02, 2018
- Ben Seims