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You're Gonna Miss This

Country singer, Trace Adkins, sings about appreciating the present in his song, “You’re Gonna Miss This.”  The song lyrics hint that, in the future, when we look back, we’ll miss what the current age and stage in life offered.  It reminds me of the saying, “You don’t know the value of the water until the well runs dry.”

Water, good health, opportunities, friendships, relationships, and many other things, are often taken for granted.  When they disappear or are threatened, we realize their value.  At that moment, we may be tempted to try to find someone or something to blame. On the flip side, we may be tempted to throw our hands up in apathy or perceived futility with an underlying attitude of “just nothing I could do.”

However, taking a proactive, mature, and responsible approach, we may need to also look in the mirror, or at the fingers pointing back at ourselves if we have been pointing outward and blaming other people or circumstances. 

Chronic diseases and health conditions typically have risk factors associated with them.  Some risk factors are genetic or hereditary.  Many times, however, the risk factors include lifestyle or behaviors that we can influence or control.  Living by the exceptions rather than by the rules can have serious consequences, so our choices do matter.

Specific information and strategies that can be used to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases are available from NDSU Extension Service in a series titled, “Nourishing Boomers and Beyond.”  Individual topics address the health and functioning of your heart, brain, bones and joints, muscles, digestive system, skin, and eyes.  The series is available online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/boomers, or by request at the Extension Office

There is plenty that we can do to guard, maintain, and promote our well-being.  If we abuse our health, or neglect it, or procrastinate choosing healthy lifestyle habits, it could soon become too late.  Indeed, if our good health disappears, we’re going to miss it. 

As always, please give me a call if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

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