It just seemed like the most responsible thing to do now that I had to care for and support another human being.
But ironically, I didn’t think too much about investing in my health.
I mean, how do you find the time to exercise when you’re getting up so early, taking care of your child, getting yourself ready for work, go to work all day and then come home and then take care of your child until you put them to bed?
I convinced myself there just wasn’t enough time and exercising just didn’t seem important enough. I thought of it more as a luxury than a necessity. So it wasn’t high on my priority list.
The problem is if you tell yourself you will make your health a priority “when you have more time”, you will never make it a priority and you will make things really hard for yourself down the road.
But more importantly, the more you put it off, the more you are putting your family at risk. Sure some people can totally neglect their health and live to 100. But those people are outliers and do you really want to take that chance?
Don’t get me wrong, I am writing this as much for me as I am for you. Last week my doctor busted my chops because I stopped in to get my cholesterol checked for the first time in 2 years.
I joked about how I just don’t think to come in regularly and he said:
“You really need to start. Before you only had to worry about yourself, but now you’re a father and you have a responsibility to Leah. Do you really want to take the chance of someone else raising her?”
Whoa! That hit me like a ton of bricks. The guy who is all about getting in amazing shape and helping other Dad’s do the same is getting reprimanded about taking his health seriously!
But he made a great point.
I owe it to Leah to do everything I can to make sure I am here for her for as long as possible. So I decided to make all aspects of my health a priority and I will make sure to see him regularly now.
As Dad’s, if we are not making our health a priority because we don’t think we have enough time, we need to think about what that could cost us.
Isn’t it worth it, to “invest” a little more time on our health each week so we can increase our chances of being around to raise our kids?
We have to look at our health as an investment because just like investing money, if we do a little bit consistently over time, we will reap big rewards.
But if we neglect it, we can get ourselves into trouble and could miss out on some of the most important things in life, like seeing our son’s first baseball game or our daughter’s first dance recital or worse….we may not be there for them in those critical moments when they need us most.
Investing in life insurance doesn’t buy you that. It doesn’t replace you.
Nothing can replace you.
The investment doesn’t have to be huge. Baby steps are the key.
Just get started in some small way….your family will thank you for it.