Olive Oil & Salt
I love almost everything with olive oil (which I buy by the gallon … literally ) and salt.
And while olive oil is healthy now, it probably won’t be considered so sometime in the future. And salt is not on the healthy list – like ever. But, with just a little (or a lot) of those two things, I eat tons of raw veggies that are quite good for me.
In Italian there is a word called godere, it essentially means to enjoy something so fully that words cannot describe the experience. Whether it’s a hard sweat, intense journaling session or yummy salad, that feeling of being totally satiated is attainable. The older I get, the less I prescribe to the adage that health is pain.
Healthy food, healthy habits, healthy relationships and healthy mental health may require vigor, guidance and temporary unpleasantness, but in the end – it actually feels marvelous.
We walk out of eighth grade with an “understanding” of what it means to be healthy, but as we become adults, we realize it’s not that straightforward.
I’ve watched too many people – including myself – drive themselves nuts trying to fit the changing definitions of what other people think it means to be healthy. Whether overdosing on breakfast cereal, pulling muscles in hot yoga or attempting the “serenity now” technique, the one thing no one teaches us is how to balance listening to ourselves and pushing our edges to grow.
I’m finding that while there are surely guideposts, concrete realities and inspirational benchmarks, so much of what it means to be healthy is comprised of personal balance and well, luck. And to compare yourself to someone else is just well, stupid.
No two people are the same. A nerve wired over instead of under or an extra muscle attaching the arm to the ribcage are plain as day in cadaver labs, but in our living states, we seem to neglect the absolute basic truth that the formula for a healthy mind, body and soul is unique to each person.
So, cheers to your olive oil and salt! And may you find your own balance in the pursuit of health and happiness.