The same can be said about our health: which among the multitude of choices did I make throughout the years lead me to my current state of health or disease? We can never forget the influence on our health that stress and abuse in childhood culminate with abusive relationships and a multitude of life stressors in adulthood. You know all of th ose nights forgoing eight hours of sleep for five or six have to catch up with you at some point, right? When we could have reached for the apple we reached for the bag of Oreo's and chose the pop over the glass of water how did we not think that over time those chemicals would wreak havoc at a minute level in our body and some day raise a little red flag of surrender?
An unexamined life might allow you to rest a little easier for a few nights but when you dig deep into the choices throughout the past five, ten or twenty years you will see the truth. Nothing significant changes or happens overnight. Examining the past can only be helpful for a little while but ultimately decisions need to be made to make some serious changes going forward. And the amount of time one should expect to return to health? That progress might also be slow and subtle and not show immediate results. But time and patience are great healers. Both of body and mind.
How do I know this? Because I have lived the life before, during and after extreme disease. I know which version of myself I like the best. My relationships are stronger and my health is something I cherish more than almost anything else these days.
Recommended reading: "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson.