Self preservation is the #1 motivational instinct in all life forms, including us. We are born with the instinct, live our lives steeped in it, and we die fighting to stay alive. That’s why the Christian bible say’s, “No greater love can a man have than to lay down his life for his friend.” Only love (or perhaps hate) can override the survival instinct.
As far as I know ours is the only species lazy enough to expect someone else other than ourselves to help us survive. We look to leaders, governments, religious figures, magic . . . all sorts of stuff. Many times these “helpers” hinder more than help, so instead of looking for help outside of ourselves and expecting someone or something to care for us, how about we get smart, look within, and realize we have been given the personal task of caring for ourselves?
Loving Jesus while stuffing our fat face with Twinkies may help us in the afterlife, but it sure as all hell will do us no good when our arteries collapse and we choke to death for lack of oxygen. I don’t care how many prayer circles our wife belongs to. . . we did it to ourselves and we are gonna pay the price . . . period.
Since this site is basically for older guys and self defense I can believe that most of us here are already practiced survivors, else we would not have lasted the last 70 +- years on this planet. My question to all of us survivors then is this: “Why quit now?”
Why retire and sit on our asses drinking beer, eating chips and watching some dumb ass show on the new flat screen TV when we have finally reached the time in our life when we actually NEED to stay in shape . . . when we actually NEED to be the proper weight . . . when we actually NEED to eat the right foods . . . when we actually NEED to get plenty of exercise. When did life sit us down and tell us it was now OK to get fat and lazy (and all the rest) and promise to take care of us anyways? If self preservation is our #1 instinct, don’t you think we ought to remember that in order to survive we have to start living like we realize it?
Most of us in this country build our lives in freedom and wish it on others as well. We love and care for our families and work hard to see their needs are met. We try to do what is right and we seek to live in peace.
BUT there are far too many in this country who have built their lives on taking and destroying, some are thugs, some are pillars of society, some become president, some get hung, but they all have pretty much the same MO . . .to take.. . . and many times the guys they take from are the elderly.
This is hardly the time to lay your burden down and think because now that you’re old people are going to feel sorry for you and care for you. They won’t. Truth is that in the real world, people are too busy caring for themselves. You’re on your own brother, you better quit whining about your illnesses and get with the program because the next time you go shuffling through the Walmart parking lot you may be setting yourself up for a painful reality check. There are lots of punks out there who have you on their ‘easy target’ list. Time to get back in the game.
I want to help you, but I can assure you I don’t have all the answers. I am just sharing what works for me. You need to write your own book. Forget the teeth whitenings, the hair pieces, the manicures and the face lifts. Get healthy, balanced, and proud. . . . you’ll be pretty as you can be.