If you’re actually reading this you either dig the whole zombie thing or you’re curious as to how in the world I’m going to connect zombies and wellness.
Avid readers of all things zombie know that zombie-lore is not particularly consistent.
At one end of the continuum we have creatures who basically exist in a nearly suspended state, mindlessly doing the same task over and over, even staying motionless until food (you know, like a person) comes along, and then they’re all about eating.
At the other end of the spectrum (which seems to be gaining in popularity among writers), there are the fast-moving, predator/hunter zombies. These bad boys are super-fast, super-strong, and worst of all, have at least some rudimentary abilities to think (as a predator would certainly need).
In-between are the fast but dumb, slow but mean, you name it-we got it varieties.
What they all share though is an unwavering dedication to a single objective – to eat.
Now this is an important point – I am not saying that this unwavering dedication is a great example of how we should approach wellness! No, no, no!
Think about how many people you know who pursue any one thing in life to the exclusion of all others and you’ll recognize how damaging, how UN-well, that is.
My family and friends think that I really dig zombies and keep giving me all this zombie-related stuff, but the reality is that I dig the people in these stories who carry on despite the zombies!
That’s where the lesson lies for me. It’s their ability to stay focused but also to adapt, to be creative, to maintain their humanity, to hope, and to love, despite the majority of the world’s population trying to eat them.
They didn’t choose to live in the time of a zombie apocalypse but they did choose to live through it!
Think about it…you get up in the morning and you spill your coffee all over the kitchen floor…no make that the couch in the living room…and on your new coat. That’s the kind of thing that could ruin a day from the get-go for many of us. Now, let’s say you dropped that coffee because a zombie was trying to get in through the open window…the coffee seems a bit insignificant, I’d say.
So, in all seriousness, here’s what I’ve got:
- Living a full and productive life is not something we are owed or guaranteed; it’s something we must work to achieve and maintain
- Being driven to the point of single-mindedness may allow you to survive, but you’ll never thrive
- Regardless of what comes down the road, deal with it and keep on going
Hope you have a great day.
Excuse me while I go check that noise in the other room…