Right here, right now!
Friday, July 29, 2011
I found out last night that my older brother is in the hospital again. He is in the ICU, and they are running tests to find out what may be wrong with him. Apparantly he was having chest pains last night that were bad enough to go to the emergency room. A little over a year ago, he suffered a major stroke that almost cost him his life. After coming back from the brink, I had hoped that he would work hard and really push himself to get in shape. Sadly that hasn't happened. In a sense I can understand it. My brother is huge. He was a trucker, and the sedintary lifestyle helped him to pack on the pounds over the years. But he was always strong until life finally caught up to him. He also suffers from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes so bad that he can no longer feel his feet. Overweight, weak, feeling the weight of his age and not even able to feel his feet hitting the ground, how much harder would it be to lose weight and get healthy? Impossible? Not even close, but very, very hard.
That is why we have to draw a line in the sand, right here, right now. It's time to take charge of our lives while we still CAN move around, while our bodies have not given up and landed us in a hospital room with tubes coming out of us. This battle is as hard as anything I have ever fought, 40 years of ups and downs like a roller coaster ride at an amusement park. My challenge to you all today is to take advantage of the most amazing gift that we have all been given: life. Get up, get moving, get healthy and become everything you ever hoped to be while you are still capable. I haven't lost hope for my brother; as long as he is here then there is always hope. But I will use it as a rallying call to once again keep motivated, keep moving and take this battle to the trenches, one step at a time. I will see you all on the other side of healthy.