Monday, February 7, 2011

How is Derrick Mathis healthy?

Um, I masturbate a lot. I so dare you guys to post that. 

Other things I do to stay healthy...hmmm...I've slowed down over the years being in my mid-forties. So I'd say that my lifestyle today contributes a lot to my staying healthy. I'm very politically active and very outspoken on social causes. And I honestly believe that because this is where a good portion of my focus and passion is these days, it has created it has more or less created a healthier lifestyle for me without my putting a lot of energy into creating one.

I'm a writer so I spend a lot of time in my head. So today staying healthy means stepping away from my PC and being with friends, you know, getting out of the house, like a movie, meeting for coffee or grabbing a bite to eat. It also means spending time with my family. I have a ton of neices. The youngest is two years old. And I love hangin' out with her when I get the opportunity. Laughter is the healthiest activity I think there is.

And I laugh A LOT.

Other things include cooking at home. I'm big about that these days. Economically it's smarter yet it's healthier. So even though I do go out once in a while for a meal I primarily cook and eat at home. I'm digging going grocery shopping and getting my fresh veggies 'n' stuff. There's these elderly women in the apartment complex where I live and they've taught me alot about picking out veggies when I go grocery shopping.

I can now pick out the best avocado blindfolded and I do pretty well with tomatoes, too. It's all in the feel.

I think most importantly for me these days in terms of staying healthy is my state of mind. Being involved in politics and social justice issues I'm a born debater. So I have to watch myself in terms of getting too emotionally worked up or angry about things. For the most part I've learned that sometimes it's best to let things go----or just move on. Because it can in fact impact my health if I don't.

This sort of behavior-----paying attention to my emotional and mental state of mind-----I'd say is one of the most important things I've found to work in staying healthy. I don't ignore myself anymore when I feel disturbed or something just isn't working for me. I pay attention these days to myself while at the same time trying not to star in my own drama as I work it out-----whatever it is.

I think of all the things I do in terms of healthiness the above would be the number one thing I feel has improved my lifestyle and kept me healthy and hardly sick in the last few years. Don't sweat the small stuff. It'll add years to your life if you just follow that mantra is my feeling.

I will say though in the activity department I could use some work. I used to be quite physically active. The last three or four years however, I've found myself married to my computer. And that's not a good thing. So within the next two months I'm committing to rejoining a gym or finding some intramural activity to participate in. I do value my health. And I feel blessed to have it as I do. And it's an ongoing responsibility and experiment, that much I've learned over the years. 

--- Derrick Mathis
Los Angeles

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