Life Lessons From Recent Medical Scare

Life Lessons From Recent Medical Scare


Now that I’m on the mend I’ve had time to reflect on my recent medical escapade and see what I can learn from it. Here are a few things that spring to mind.

  • Be careful what you wish for- A couple of days before my severe vertigo incident, I remember thinking to myself that my blog was getting boring and I needed some more fuel for it!
  • You’re not in control as much as you think you are– I had the weeks leading up to my birthday in January planned out in exquisite detail. Needless to say that plan is out the window now. I remember hearing the saying somewhere that “when we make plans, the universe laughs” (I’m sure various cultures have their own versions of a saying like this).
  • Keep Training Balanced– The purpose of the training I do is healthy aging. I’ve discussed previously that I think there are multiple aspects of this. Physical training is only one part, there are also nutrition and mental and spirituals aspects. Physical is the most fun for me so I sometimes emphasize it and neglect other aspects. Further, aerobics is the part of training I enjoy most so I can overemphasize it and underemphasize things like strength, flexibility, and balance training. And I can get hung up on some sort of performance goal rather than putting health first. Lately I had been drifting towards “ultraendurance” goals, for example I went for a five hour bike ride the day before my vertigo issue. There is nothing wrong with something like that once in a while, as long as I also pay enough attention to the other components of a healthy aging plan.

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