I had to get a physical and immunization update for medical school last week.
I got an appointment with a nurse practitioner I ended up really liking. She was laid back, listened, and treated me with respect. All my numbers and boxes checked off for a clean bill of health, and then she asked me,
“Do You Feel Generally Healthy?”
and without skipping a beat, I responded, “Yes!”
Later after she had left the room I found myself reflecting on that interaction.
How freaking lucky.
I have a tendency to get caught up in healthy living world and holistic health coach world and end up nitpicking at things that aren’t just perfect. If I don’t feel 100% energetic with perfect sleep, smooth digestion, and glowing skin all the time, I must have something wrong. I must make changes. I must try harder.
But y’all, no. I am generally HEALTHY.
Sure I deal with some unpleasant IBS issues semi-regularly, and yeah I occasionally have a terrible night’s sleep, and there are times my stress and anxiety make me feel worn-down and blah, but if those are my biggest problems I am doing really well.
What first world problems, right?
I am so blessed to not have any major health issues. To feel good most of the time. To wake up and go about my day without having to think or worry about my health or my body. How awesome.
So just remember, if you are one of the people that can say you “feel generally healthy”, you are SO lucky. You don’t have to feel perfect all the time. You don’t need to nitpick or obsess or constantly make changes. Doing those things might actually be unhealthy, because part of being healthy is just living.
If we get the privilege of living our lives with a happy, functioning body we should be endlessly grateful. We should use it to the best of our abilities, love it and treat it with kindness, and take care of it as best we can.
- Are you lucky enough to be generally healthy?
- Are you grateful for your health, or are you like me and need to stop and reflect occasionally?