Whenever you embark on a health-kick such as signing up for a gym, starting a diet, commencing an exercise routine, etc there is a plethora of eager ‘advisers’ who want to tell you what they did, or how you should do it.
Problem is, much of the advice you get is contradictory. Eat carbs / don’t eat carbs. Go vegetarian / eat high protein. Don’t eat between meals / eat every 2-3 hours. Cardio v strength training. Exercise in one block of time / exercise in short spurts thru the day. And on it goes.
So how come so many ‘experts’ have such different views? Who’s right? Are they all wrong?
This sort of conflicting information doesn’t just occur in the wellbeing sector, I’ve discovered. But through the maze of confusion, I came to the following conclusion:
I’m in charge of me
No longer will I outsource decisions about my health and wellbeing into the hands of other people who don’t have to live with the consequences of their decisions. My health is not theirs to determine. It’s not that I don’t consider the advice and opinions of experts. I do. I mean, I really do. However the final decision is always mine.
Sounds simplistic doesn’t it? But it’s more than that. It’s about responsibility. Ownership. Self-management. Being in-charge of your own life.
This is empowering stuff. It’s a concept that extends well beyond the medical / wellbeing decisions I make as well. In fact, I’m responsible for a whole lot of stuff - like my choice on who my friends are; how much time I will invest in certain things; how safely I choose to drive my car; how I spend my free time; what sort of behaviours I will encourage, tolerate, refuse to tolerate. It’s very powerful being in charge of me.
What really annoys me, in fact bugs the hell out of me, is any attempt other people make in being in charge of an aspect of my life that is not theirs to assume. Like that medical type person who forgot I was a human being attached to the body he was treating. Not wise, boy-o.
I sometimes hear others whinge about so-and-so (‘so-and-so’ being someone they are in a whole lot of contact with whose bad behaviour goes on and on) and their only response to So-and-so’s bad behaviour is to whinge to others and not take steps to manage their own wellbeing.
Being in charge is the most freeing discovery. And did I mention the word ‘empowering’? It’s so wonderful being in charge. Of me.
So. Who’s in charge of you? Any comments, thoughts or stories you want to share about being in charge? Wax lyrical, people!