Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.
We have all heard this nursery rhyme but what does it have to do with skin care or health in general? The point I want to make is, that once something is broken it can be really difficult (and/or expensive) to fix. The same thing goes for our bodies. The earlier we start taking care of ourselves the less damage we will have to try to “fix” later in life.
Most of the cells in our bodies divide, die, and regenerate. The old or damaged cells are replaced by new cells but as we age, that turnover slows down and is less efficient. That means things start to break down and wear out (collagen and elastin start to fizz out as early as 25 years old!).
Ageing is inevitable and there is nothing we can do to stop that from happening, at least not yet. How well we age and the quality of life we have is largely based upon how well we treat ourselves (I know people who take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies). So what can we do to take better care of ourselves? Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (find the ones you like and eat those), drink water (infuse it with fruit or herbs for flavor), exercise (just walking is great), learn something new (anything at all), get quality sleep (important for just functioning properly), wear sunscreen every day (helps prevent skin cancer and wrinkles), spend time with the people you love (people who do this are happier and healthier), and relax (stress leads to all kinds of problems including premature ageing).
Take a little time to take care of yourself now and every day. Like we’re instructed on the airplane: put the oxygen mask on yourself first; you can’t help anyone else if you don’t first help yourself.
I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom from the late George Carlin:
Life in reverse By George Carlin
“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends.
I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time.
What do you get at the end of it?
What’s that, a bonus?
I think the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first; get it out of the way.
Then you live in an old age home.
You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch,
you go to work.
You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You drink alcohol, you party,
you get ready for high school.
You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb,
You spend your last nine months floating…
Then you finish off as an orgasm.”