I really think many people, especially in the USA where I live, are so worried about
living a long life that they focus exclusively on how to stay alive instead of WHY to
I remember starting to go to the gym in about 2000 or so. I had just got divorced and
wanted to get out and do something. I felt fat, paunchy and out of shape.
Going there made me think about what the purpose was behind being fit. What was I
being fit for? To live a long life? No. It was, and is, to live a good life. To be
good to people, help them, care for them, build them up, teach them, learn from them
and give to them. At the root, it was so I could love.
You can’t love if you are dead, you can’t love very well if you are sick or
incapacitated. You also can’t love if all you are doing is paying attention to
staying alive. So, it is good to stay in shape, but it is more important to know WHY
you are staying in shape.