Alternate Title: Time Doesn’t Exist, Health is about right now
When you start looking at time differently, your perspective changes. If I pretend it’s my last day on earth, I’m frantic. If I imagine I have twenty years left, nothing matters. If I act like time does not exist, things get crazier.
Think about it. This is actually part of the recipe that helped me tie schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s. The brain does not perceive time. It perceives stress. It uses contextual clues to recall the length of time since a previous event occurred.
[Read Rethinking Sleep or You Control Your Sunburn for my take on how the brain’s stress-time mechanism works. I call it personal relativity]
If time doesn’t exist, what unhealthy loops are you stuck in? Are you living an Edge of Tomorrow life, but doing the same thing over and over again every day? If you’re not happy with the results, change something. It truly doesn’t matter how long you’ve been on this earth, or how long you have left, because time doesn’t exist.
If time doesn’t exist, what is health? Health is only defined by the amount of time you have on this planet if nothing takes you sooner. But if time doesn’t exist, health by this definition is only an illusion.
Health should be defined as a percentage of total body function. If all your major body systems are functioning at a high level, you are considered healthy. That takes time out of the equation. And the World Health Organization has echoed this in its definition of health being “the absence of disease” which it later changed to “complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”
Truth is what life is about. Being true to yourself, and aligning your truth with the great truths. It won’t guarantee that you’ll live any longer, but it will guarantee that you live a life with purpose. What’s it matter how long you live if you don’t feel like your life mattered?
Note: I’m not saying be unhealthy. I’m saying optimize your life right now. Because there is no difference in now and the day you die. And you don’t know how many days you have left.