“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”Henry David Thoreau
I love a good thick, crisp health book as much as the next health nut, but I always run into the same issue every time I read one:
How in the bleep am I going to make enough money to live like this and experiment with optimizing my health?
And, more importantly, how can I make more money without spending all my time working and stressing myself out to make money to be healthier?! (Talk about a Catch 22)
I’m reading a fantastic, knowledge-packed book by Ben Greenfield called Boundless. If you can’t tell I’m loving it so far, but I also feel severe cash limited just a couple of chapters in. I don’t have to try all (nor should I) of the recommendations discussed, but if I did I’d already been spending thousands of dollars after page one.
This isn’t a criticism towards Boundless or Ben (love ya bro I don’t know). It’s more of an observation about myself and my current limitations. Limitations I imagine are all too familiar with a lot of the folks out there reading this.
To be super healthy, we need to afford it. And to work on the creative ideas, products, connections, and businesses we need to build to create wealth, we need to pay for better health.
There are no easy answers.
All we can do is:
Do what we can.
Sleep is free. Walking is free. Breathing is free. Water is freeish. Fasting is free. Cold showers are free. Pushups are free. It doesn’t make them easy to do, but we do have access to them.
We can start with the essentials. By focusing on eating a variety of whole foods and treating our bodies and minds right with rest and downtime, we can optimize over time.
Build over time.
We might not be able to afford all the nifty health bells and whistles, but we can at least do what we can start with the essentials and as we figure out ways to build wealth, we can put back more into our health and well-being.
Of course, don’t be stupid. (I’m telling myself this more than you) Don’t spend money you need for bills to buy another supplement or a bag of spirulina. Any benefits you gain from investing in your health on a budget you don’t have will inevitably be null and void from all the stress and anxiety from not having enough money to pay for rent.
But at the end of the day, health can be a more finite resource than money. I only was able to see that after I had injured myself… expensively.
There will also be another way to make some money, but you can’t also get back your health.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #829