‘Get Your Shine On With The Sheriff’!
Originally, I set out writing this piece on the subject of how to change your life when you are feeling stuck in a rut. However, recent events, along with a prompt from the editor of Australian Custom Trucks, Chris Smith, led me to change the direction of my topic. It’s not something I would have thought to share in this article, without some nudging to do so, because I wasn’t sure that it would make for interesting reading. This is of a rather personal nature and it is written purely with the intention to give you, or perhaps someone you care about, a nudge about health and wellness. Please don’t take the message lightly.
Late last year I developed a niggling health problem. I didn’t pay it much attention and put it out of my mind, thinking (hoping) that it would go away. It didn’t. For months it became progressively worse until the pain became so debilitating that it prompted me to finally take myself off to see a doctor. After a series of tests, medication, a few visits to doctors and a specialist, it became apparent that I needed surgery. Admittedly, I left it longer than I should have, but who knows where I could have ended up if not for making the decision to go and have it checked out.
Someone close to me recently lost a long-time friend. He was only in his early forties and left behind his beloved wife and two young children. The news of his passing encouraged me to share my story with my newsletter readers, with the intention to draw attention to the importance of self-care and how critical the ramifications can be if you have something wrong and you don’t do anything about it.
Men, in particular, are known for not taking the time to have regular checkups. Having the attitude that it’ll be right doesn’t always make it so. The body that you have is the one that has to last you for the rest of your life. It is a finite instrument with a use by date. One day your body will exhale for the last time. Your heart will cease the rhythmical pounding that keeps you alive. When you think about how many years your heart has to beat to circulate your blood and how many times your lungs have to expand and contract to provide your body with oxygen during the course of your life, it can make you wonder what you can do to make it easier. You wouldn’t ignore preventative maintenance on your truck, or car. Why do it to your precious body?
You need to play a part in your own health and wellness in order to live the best quality of life that you can. Perhaps it needs to start with a visit to your doctor to check out a niggling problem, or a gut feeling that something isn’t quite right. After sending out the last newsletter I received some amazing feedback. One email was from someone who went to the doctor for a prescription renewal and on the way out mentioned a sore spot, which, after further investigation, turned out to be cancer. Please let these words be a reminder to be proactive with your health. Taking the time to go to the doctor can be an inconvenience, but it can also be a lifesaver.
Oprah is fond of saying that when your body is vying for your attention, at first you get a pebble, then a rock, and then a brick wall, and then if you still refuse to listen, a boulder can come crashing down on you! Let this be the pebble, or the rock, that moves you into action. Don’t sit back and wait, passively, for the boulder to wake you up. Your life is far too great a price to pay for being busy.
~The Sheriff, Tracey Rehe (Trucker, Cert. 1V Life Coach, NLP Practitioner) Coming up in the next column – “5 Simple Steps To Get You Unstuck and Out Of A Rut, Even If You Feel Confused and Don’t Know Where To Start.”