Is there such a thing as perfect health?
Well, is there such a thing as a perfect person? The answer to both questions is: NO.
Human beings go through real life, real challenges, unexpected events,
and uncertainty. During this lifetime, there is no such thing as perfect
The way health is depicted in the medical community and
media can sometimes be misleading in this respect. You see perfect
specimens of health running down the beach in a commercial or health
magazine, and you're led to believe that every single day unfolds this
way for truly healthy people. Commercials depict people who are happily
on medications that bypass the need to look deeper into existing health
imbalances. A woman eats a container of yogurt and her healthy weight
and slim figure are set for eternity. While many of these tactics are
marketing strategies, you still have to resist health propaganda out
there in the world when the message doesn't fit you as a person.
Do you want to be a perfect person?
Or would you rather approach yourself and your health from where you're
at in life? This is a tricky question. It's undeniable that the shiny
tune of the word "perfection" beckons each of us during life. Striving
for it can lead to frustration, disappointment, and feeling stuck.
Striving for perfect health is no different. Unless you approach your
health from a realistic and approachable standpoint, it can always seem
so far away, running away from you as you run toward it in its perfect
Ever heard of "wabi-sabi"?
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese view that accepts imperfection as a form of
beauty and balance. To acknowledge wabi-sabi is to see that nothing
lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. By accepting the
wabi-sabi in your health, in your personality, and in your life, you can
really appreciate what makes your health and your life tick each day.
You can also respect the journey that you take as an individual to feel
health in your life amid the very real challenges that come your way.
Your health has strengths and it has weaknesses, it has room to grow,
and it's human just like you are.
Don't strive to put yourself and
your health in a picture perfect bubble. In a bubble, you can't move
around and you can't learn. When you take care of yourself outside of
the bubble and still work toward health in an imperfect world and body,
you're getting somewhere real. Here's to your wabi-sabi, and here's to your health!