What happens when the fuse on a stick of dynamite is lit?
Everyone legs it as fast as they frikkin can!
They run because they know a huge, life or death type of explosion is about to happen…like, in just a few seconds time.
We know that the explosion from dynamite will kill us if we’re too close to it. Our survival instincts take over when we’re in immediate danger. Our sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive and adrenalin is rapidly produced in order for us to try and overcome the danger.
We also know that smoking and obesity will kill us….so why do we continue to smoke and gain weight?
How much of it is down to the length of the fuse…?
Let’s set aside the usual arguments. You know, the addiction thing, the obesogenic environment, our fast food culture, the reduced amount of exercise we’re doing etc etc etc. Yeah sure these are all important factors at play but I seldom see a more obvious argument being put forward.
The delayed negative effects of obesity and smoking (and many other lifestyle choices that lead to ill health) are impacting or rather NOT impacting us enough in the immediate present and as a result we’re not implementing necessary changes or actions right now.
We’re guilty of not taking action in the present, to prevent potentially negative future outcomes across SO many differing facets of life.
In my experience a primary difference between those who are health seeking and those who aren’t is the ability to see how our present actions might affect our future selves. Health seeking people constantly look to the future to see how their actions will effect them in the future. Those who don’t look ahead as much are happier to make poorer dietary choices because the impact of those choices won’t effect for years to come.
We are all living in the same space/time continuum and our future selves are waiting for us.
If you could speak to your future self 20 years from now what do you think he or she would say?…
“Fuck you for smoking, I’m about to start chemo for lung cancer”
“Why the hell did you allow yourself to gain so much weight, I’m now blind as a result of type 2 diabetes”
“Just had a fucking heart attack thanks to your years of inactivity…it’s too little too late now”
The decisions you make today have a direct impact on your future. Even the small decisions that seem insignificant will impact your future. In fact these are the most important decision… we make hundreds if not thousands of small choices everyday which all add up and ultimately have a significant effect on what kind of condition your future self is going to be in when you get there.
That’s a huge reason why creating healthy habits is SO SO SO important. If healthful decision making can be put on auto pilot (habits) then your future self will be singing with happiness. That daily cumulative buildup of healthful actions is going to create a much brighter future.
Remember life isn’t just about today or tomorrow…think about the future you and make good decisions.
When you get there you can look back on the past you and thank them!