Okay; you've heard all of this
a million times by now-- a lot of does and don'ts. Don't smoke--
it will give you lung cancer. Don't drink-- it will destroy
your liver. Don't do pot-- lung cancer with a dash of forgetful
and decreased 'drive.' Drink lots of water to clean out your
body and prevent dehydration headaches. Avoid caffeine and
sugary drinks like soda and fake fruit juices to also avoid
headaches and lows later in the day. Only rely on fast food
for 'special occasions' or in a pinch, but don't eat it regularly--
did you read about the guy that ate nothing but fast food
for a month? Same goes for desert-- do you really need it
every day? Doesn't fruit taste just as sweet? Get a blender
dude, and make fruit smoothies-- taste just as good, and a
lot healthier. Be active a lot; play a sport, bike, swim,
whatever--not just to be an athlete-- but to do better in
school, to be smarter, hang out with friends, feel better,
look better, and think more clearly. BUT, don't take it too
far; anorexia and bulimia are deadly and not attractive. Don't
just fantasize about other people's lives in Hollywood or
on your favorite sports team-- go dance and play a sport yourself.
Experience life to the fullest, sure, but don't skip sleep
all the time; sleep is when you turn your experiences into
long-term memories and when your body heals the best. Not
sleeping enough, sleeping at odd times, or sleeping after
drinking alcohol really screws that up.
Man, that's a lot of stuff to worry about, when you're just
trying to get so much work done, or just try and enjoy yourself
and hang out out with friends. And the last thing we want
is to stress you out-- cuz that's bad for you too!
Or, maybe you just don't agree.
Even with all of our science and technology, we are still
a subjective society-- the choices are yours. Nothing is black
and white, and we are all different. So, it's up to you to
read, ask questions and do a little bit of planning to ensure
that you have a lifestyle that allows you to keep having fun
today, without having to worry too much about being able to
have fun tomorrow (cuz you planned ahead, and changed your
automatic habits). The change part might be tough-- making
being active, eating smart, not stressing, sleeping well and
being aware of drugs and accidents is a tall order. But, with
a little up front practice, it will be like washing your hands,
or using the toilet. You
do use the toilet, don't you?
More to come. In the mean time, take care, and peace out.