One last repost for you. This one was originally posted on Wednesday May 13, 2009.
I was at the gym this morning and CNN was on one of the televisions. There was a story out of California where an office had to be evacuated and seven people were sent to the hospital because of a filthy fridge. I was completely disgusted by it. How did a group of seemingly intelligent beings allow this to happen? No other reason than not taking responsibility for a shared space in an office. Can you imagine letting your own fridge get so filthy that you had to call a haz-mat crew to deal with it? Of course not.
What is it about our society that makes it acceptable to not take responsibility for one's own actions? There is no one answer and I will likely make myself crazy by dwelling on it too long, but it is something that each of us needs to look at if we're going to make something wonderful of our lives.
For a long time I didn't want to be accountable for my health, be responsible for my fitness. I wish I knew why, I'm sure the social climate and my upbring has something to do with it, though in the end it falls to me. I started to realize that I had an obligation to my body, to my life, to the vows I made my husband. I didn't want "in sickness and in health" to be "in sickness" because of something that I could have prevented.
Take some time to think about what it means to be accountable. For me, it means that I am the one in charge of my health and well being. That I can most likely prevent a future full of depression and disease by taking care of myself now. That I can most likely avoid trips to the doctor or hospital, avoid being a victim of Big Pharmacy by treating my body with respect and love and nourishing it with healthful things, plenty of water and giving it lots of rest. My body is a gift that I was entrusted with. I'm not going to treat it like some filthy fridge in San Jose, California.
We're only given one body, one set of organs, one chance to make this life as happy and healthy as possible. We don't get a second chance if we let it slip away by avoiding responsibility.