This holiday you are probably, like me, trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list, and oh, it’s basically a week from Christmas.
If you’re also like me this fact is stress inducing. I hate getting people stuff. I like to get people meaningful and personal experiences. But I also have a serious present unwrapping tradition to uphold with my family involving a whole morning in PJ’s, drinking mimosas, many cups of coffee, and participating in round-robin gift session that my husband finds crazy.
This means I have to have something to wrap, so it can be unwrapped. And that means buying stuff.
But what if I could buy my parents and friends happiness, time and energy? What about focus, self-love, and a sense of peace? Is it weird to want those things for the people we love? Why is it so much easier to give someone a jacket or a book, than to give them a way to invest in their body?
I think about this a lot. Our bodies are the only homes we will have forever. And yet we invest so much more of our time, energy and cash in our houses and apartments and cars.
I guess investing in your body can feel like admitting mortality, but I think about it as investing in the experiences I will have in this lifetime. If I’m on the beach in Hawaii but not fit enough to take the hike to the waterfall, or can’t stop thinking about my work emails or feel that pounding headache coming back – am I really present?
I never want my body or mind to prevent me from getting the most out of my experiences. That’s why I try to treat my body as the vehicle I most want to have experiences in.
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