I had a patient (I’m a nurse) say this to me this week, it was his excuse for not getting a medical issue looked at sooner. I’ve heard this statement plenty of times before, I’ve even said it myself. This time, however, hearing it really stopped me in my tracks and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. What we really mean when we say this is “other, less important stuff is getting in the way of life”, yet we continue to let the ‘other stuff’, the less important stuff, take up our precious time. Often it’s just distractions, noise, clutter, that takes our attention from the minute we wake up.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve decided I needed a strategy, a plan, to try and stop myself from being distracted by the less important and focus on the more important. Of course it helps to know what the more important stuff is first. For me, it is my health. For the past 10 years, my health has not been the best it could be. I’ve been plagued by pain and fatigue, and as a consequence, I’ve put on a lot of weight, which of course has just made things worse. There have been times where I’ve literally felt like a 70 year old and I was in my 40’s. Now I’m 50, and I do not want this trajectory to continue.
Back to my plan. Now every morning when I wake up, I remind myself, that my health is the most important thing, and I ask myself “what am I going to do today that reflects this”. Before my feet even touch the ground, I have a plan, I’m a bit more focused. Even if it’s just one small thing, one slight change in trajectory will mean the direction I’m heading in will be different to what it was before. “Life got in the way” shouldn’t be an excuse for not doing things, it should be the goal.