Since February is heart health month, I find myself thinking about my dad. For a long time as a professional health and wellness speaker I have found it very hard to speak about my dad since it always brought on tears. When I was ready to speak publicly about almost losing him and his journey with cardiovascular disease I found there were sure many people that could relate to my story. I wrote about it here in one of my newspaper columns: Live an Awesome Life
At the time I wrote this article, I had recently had the opportunity to ski with my dad for the first time in over 20 years since he finally had the health to do it. I had taken a treasured photo of the two of us at the top of the ski hill. Fast forward five years and now my dad is a grandpa. I took a second and even more treasured photo, this time with with my dad and I along with my four-year old son Saul.
My dad will tell you there was a time that he didn’t think he would see me get married or meet his future grandchildren. But I am proud to say that my dad got a second chance with his health.
Realize that second chances also come in the form of listening to what your body is really telling you. If you feel like your body doesn’t have the energy, vitality or health you know it deserves, don’t wait for something drastic to happen to force you to change.