I do admit that I sometimes wish I were the richest man in the world, who happens to be Elon Musk at the time of his writing. I believe his net worth is somewhere over $200 billion dollars.
200 billion! That’s generational wealth right there to put it mildly. Sometimes, I wonder what I would do with all that money. What I can buy. Where I can travel to. The people I’d be able to meet with that type of power. The summer homes that I can build. The imagination runs wild with that kind of power and money.
I do admit that money can’t buy happiness. But it surely is important in this capitalist society that we live in today. And that’s what makes people work their butts off to make enough money. Enough money so that they can retire comfortably and ideally live the retirement that they dream of.
My ideal retirement is to purchase a summer home along the coast of France and just enjoy the good times. That’s a nice dream to have. Whether I accomplish it is another story!
But these days, I’m starting to appreciate the simple joys. And one of the simplest joys I have is being healthy relatively. Being able to walk. Being able to function on a daily basis. Not having any serious disease (knock on wood). I believe that is wealth in itself. That is true wealth actually.
What good is all the money in the world if you are strapped to a hospital room? All that money is kind of worthless for the most part. So, it’s important that we practice good habits that preserve our physical and mental health. That’s what is most important in this life.
Not money. Not relationships. But your overall health. And I am thankful that as of now, I am still relatively healthy both physically and mentally. And I will try to practice the right habits each and every day to preserve that health and hopefully live to the ripe old age of 100. That’s another one of my goals. And whether I accomplish it or not is another story.
But ideally, I would love to live a functioning and healthy life at 100. Where I am not strapped to the hospital bed but still able to appreciate the simple joys of life. I think that’s a solid goal to aim for. And it’s something that’s been on my mind for a while now.
So, you could have all the money in the world. You could be a millionaire or a billionaire. But, if you don’t have your health, that doesn’t amount to much. So, practice good health and good hygiene every single day. Exercise. Eat right. Get enough sleep. Reduce your stress. Invest in good positive people. And do things that fill you with purpose and passion each and every day.
It’s not rocket science. These are the simple ingredients that can lead to a positive and healthy lifestyle. I’m not saying it’s going to be perfect. Some people have chronic conditions. That is unavoidable. But, regardless, it’s still good to practice good health and hygiene everywhere you go.
Health is wealth. I truly believe that statement. And I feel that we can all be less burdens on society if we take care of our physical and mental condition. So, go to the gym. Invest in a therapist. Meditate. Surround yourself with good drama-free friends. And see the rewards that you can reap.
It’s not that complicated. I’m thankful that for now I am in relatively good health. That I have two arms and two legs. That my heart is pumping. That my lungs are working. And that I can go to the gym whenever I feel like it.
I’m not discounting the importance of making money. Who doesn’t want to earn more? Money can bring a lot of joy in a different way. All I’m saying is that all that money is meaningless if you don’t have the health to function and fully enjoy it. So, take good care or yourself. Watch out for burnout. Find ways to find purpose and passion in the things that you do.
Because life is honestly short. We are mere popups in this grand universe. And it could be over in the blink of an eye. So enjoy it while you can! And take care of this thing that is your body. It is a temple. It ought to be revered and treated with respect. Because it is the lifeline for everything.
Your health allows you to live with purpose. Your health allows you to enjoy time with your friends and family. Your health allows you to pursue your goals. And yes, your health allows you to earn and enjoy the money you make. So, your health is your anchor in life. Learn to invest in it habitually.
Sometimes, it’s easier said than done. But when there’s a will there’s a way. If you can’t go to the gym, go out for walks. Or meditate. Or learn to cook a healthy meal. Just little things like that could add up in the long run. I will try to practice what I preach. And I think everyone should watch out for their health (especially during these pandemic times). So, respect your body. And when you have good health, you automatically have foundational wealth to enjoy.