The striking thing about some of the oldest people alive is that many of them did not adhere to a “clean” and health conscious life. Some of them are obese, some smoke, many admit to never liking exercise, some even indulge in a certain “unhealthy” food on a daily basis.
It is tempting to look at these examples and to attribute longevity entirely to genes, thereby granting ourselves permission to live our lives in any unhealthy way we want. Yet I would like you to consider what is hidden to the eye as well as what we can see, before you jump to such a conclusion.
Two men born on the same day may have a widely different pool of genes and quantities of life force energy (CHI) that they incarnated into. On that day, the expectation for one of the men, may be to make it to 35 years, while the expectation for the other would be to make it to 100 years.
The man with the shorter life expectancy ends up fighting an uphill battle. He exercises, meditates, breathes right, eats right and lets go of negative emotions. So he lives to 70.
The man that was born with the health of a bull faces little resistance from his body on his downhill journey. He drinks and eats what he wants, smokes, angers a lot, parties all the time and gets into fights. He also lives to be 70.
An outside observer like my mother would look at both of these cases and say that clearly, she should just do whatever she wants in life.
An outside observer like my father would be dismayed at the potential that was scattered by the second man. The potential for longevity, happiness and giving more hope to the world. He would also appreciate the gift of extra years the first man gave to his family and loved ones.
What would you say?