Mind. Body. Spirit.

Remember those days where we used to hoop several days out of the week? 5-7 games at a time, only to get up and do the same thing tomorrow. Maybe it was when you were on campus and would hoop at midnight; those were peak athletic years. I remember my pops telling me all the time, “boy when I was your age I was working, playing basketball and playing softball 7 days out of the week.” I chuckled and said Pops “Try 40 hours of work, 19 credit hours and commuting”. We both laugh. However, It led me to believe that I may not be maximizing my late 20s the way I should. I realized thought I took a different route, my 20’s did consist of work, classes and commuting. With that, physical activity is placed on the back burner and our once athletic ways soon diminishes.

I have a daughter now, a wife, and both of us in the beginning of our careers. Time spent on us, our daughter, careers, and community work has caused us to neglect certain areas of our lives. I know for me personally, I have and it has shown. Primarily as much as I speak about mental health that has taken a dip, but not as much as my physical health has. My spiritual health could use a reboot as well. My physical health has always been very important to me but I neglect it a lot. Knowing that I have dealt with high blood pressure, and chest pains due to stress you think I would take it more serious, a more pro-active approach.

Nah. Not with my schedule.

I teach that the mental, physical and spiritual components all work together one affecting the other. So how can all be working together cohesively if one is not firing on all cylinders?

It can’t.

It’s scary.

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Being pre-disposed to multiple medical conditions due to my family history such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, alcoholism, kidney disease, and newly, something along the line of a mental illness specifically with the older men in my family (still researching and confirming.) I have to be on my job, my family, friends, supporters and even you reading this blog count on it.

I want to be able to run around with behind my child, for forever. I want to be able to be active well into my 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. I want to be able to interact with my grandchildren and hopefully for my great-grandchildren. I want to be able to set the standard in my household around taking care of yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually, striving to be the best person you can be. It is in hopes that my family has a role model to follow; it is in hopes that my friends and supporters are inspired and motivated to do the same; it is in hopes my wife will see me as a better husband and father as a result due to my diligence.

Gotta practice what I preach right?

I have started this journey. My goal is to feel better physically, I hear too many people at my age with medical conditions, passing away, or not feeling good about themselves. In part, I believe we are too stressed for our own good and need an outlet to release. We need ways to cope, a model, structure, discipline, and someone to keep us accountable. We need better ways to manage our stress levels. It all comes together by working on our mental, physical and spiritual together so they can work cohesively with one another.

Let’s do it together.

Gary Taylor