“If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything” – Count Rugen
Eat well. Exercise. Brush your teeth. Cultivate a positive outlook. Get plenty of rest. Everything in moderation (including moderation.)
Along with a regular medical exam, these preventative practices are the foundation of a strategy to live a long, healthful life.
We do a respectable job of taking care of ourselves. Vegetables are eaten in abundance. With no car, walking and biking helps us build both health and wealth. (Recently I’ve increased the intensity by strapping an 8 kg little boy to my chest.) We have no employer imposed requirements or deadlines, so distress is low and eustress is moderate.
We also practice awareness, paying attention to our bodies. I’m fairly certain that when I can easily bike 900 km up and down mountains that I’m unlikely to have cardiac problems.
I wanted to throw up. My body flashed hot and cold, and I could feel the blood thumping in my temples like giant drums. My thoughts raced like wild fire, a tempest out of control.
I kept thinking about what I could do with the $1,000 I had just lost in the stock market. I could have paid down more of my student loans. I could be that much closer to eliminating the PMI on my mortgage. I could just have it in my bank account as an emergency fund.
It would take me weeks of work to regain that money after taxes and normal cost of living. What was I thinking putting my money in something risky like stocks? Stupid, stupid, stupid!