Although there are no guarantees, there are many things that we can do to improve our health and move closer to functioning optimally. Things such as eating clean and healthy food, exercising frequently, getting enough sleep, minimizing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, etc. These are all good, essential strategies we can incorporate into our lives.
There are people who make the pursuit of health and longevity their main purpose in life. Biohackers are such people. Dave Asprey, one of the better-known biohackers, defines biohacking as “the process of using science, biology, and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your body, mind, and life.” This intense, all-consuming pursuit can become a religion. It is what gets some people up in the morning and drives them throughout the day. It is what they think about at night as they doze off to sleep. There are, undoubtedly, many good things we can learn from such people.
Opposite to this are those people who devote little time, effort, and energy pursuing greater health and longevity. It’s a sort of head-in-the-sand, hubris way of living, thinking or hoping that nothing bad will ever happen to them.
Admittedly, there are times when we need to have a laser-like focus on solving or managing an underlying health condition that emerges – cancer, diabetes, MS, etc. There was a time not that long ago when I, myself, had health-related issues that resulted in chronic fatigue and other symptoms which made it difficult for me to get out of bed and have enough energy to get through my day. Getting well became, temporarily, my main focus. This can, and does, happen.
While the pursuit of better health and vitality is a noble endeavor, I propose that the purpose of life is far deeper, richer, and more worthy of our attention and energy than developing six-pack abs, fitting into a size four dress, or even living 10 (or 100!) years longer. As we walk down this path called “health,” we may ask ourselves the following questions: What is the point of having good health and living longer? Is the pursuit of health and longevity, itself, meant to be the main reason we are alive? Or, are they a means to an end?
In my coaching business, I am most definitely interested in the health, body, and nutritional needs of my clients, but I am also interested in helping them to invest in and develop their creative, personal, and spiritual lives so that their souls may be enlarged and their lives, enriched. I believe that the reason to eat healthily and get proper amounts of sleep and exercise is to have more clarity of thought and strength of body in order that we might pursue something better – reaching our highest goals in life, as best we can. This means developing our talents, build meaningful relationships, grow intellectually, creatively, and spiritually so that our lives are worth living in the highest sense. None of us knows or can control how long we will be here on this earth, but we do have a say in how we spend our time while we are here. So, instead of working to add more years to our lives, we can focus on doing things that will bring more life to our years.