As many of my readers can relate, I spend a lot of time on the subway. I currently live all the way up in Washington Heights, so my morning commute involves me taking the A Train from the 190th Street stop to 42nd street, then transferring to the N/Q/R.
I had an early meeting today (well, yesterday by the time you're reading this). I tend to live by the motto of "If you're on time, you're late," so I made sure that I left with more than enough time to walk to my subway platform, catch a train, transfer trains, and walk a few block to my destination. To MTA's credit, this often goes off without a hitch. Of course, today was one of those days when it seemed that the conductor wanted to give all of us a nice, slow, sight-seeing tour of all the graffiti in the tunnels between stations. Sometimes, he stopped completely so we could really get a good look.
Just one of those days.
I, of course, became mildly fidgety because I strongly dislike being late, but I thought to myself "well, we've only been stopped for 2 minutes, so I'm only going to be 2 minutes late." That makes sense, right?
Well, that's not really how it works. I thought about when I was traveling from NYC to visit my Mom in Pittsburgh, and I was driving along the PA turnpike with the GPS saying I had an estimated arrival time of 6:00pm. Because of my lanky frame, I had to stop at a rest stop to stretch. I spent 10 minutes total there. Ok, so now I'm going to get there at 6:10pm. Not a big deal.
I get back in the car and now the estimated arrival time on the GPS is 6:25pm.
You have got to be kidding me.
But it actually makes sense.
The GPS assumed I would be traveling 70mph that whole length of the drive, but I stopped completely. I had no momentum. Nothing kept me moving forward. So for every minute I went nowhere, it was adding extra time.
Why am I writing about this?
It applies to everyday life and wellness, that's why.
For every moment we don't spend moving forward, progressing towards something, time goes flying by at an exponential rate. Time that you will never get back.
I know I personally get caught up in this, that, and the other thing, and lose focus of my goals. And by the time I get back on track, SO much opportunity has already been lost.
This blog for example. My last blog was 3 months ago. Sure, that's a measurable time, but how much influence and attention have I lost because of my lack of inspiration and focus? I can't go back and feed your information for those 3 months, the only thing I can do now is be more consistent and diligent in providing relevant content.
When you're driving, you can make up that extra time, but you put yourself and others at risk (and help make some Police ticket quotas). For everything else, that time is just typically gone. You can be more efficient in the future, you can do more to sell or market. You can rehearse and practice more than usual. You can get to where you want to be, but it requires more of your focus, more of your time, more of your effort.
I have patients that say to me all the time: "If only I knew about you sooner!" "I know I should have been watching my diet more." "I've been meaning to sign up with that trainer."
Hindsight is always 20/20.
Can these patients make a full recovery? Of Course.
Can these patients exceed their own health expectations? Of Course.
Can these patients live life to it's fullest potential? Of Course.
But it might take more effort. It might take more time. It might take more drastic lifestyle changes. (It will probably take more money)
Don't wait to make up for lost time. Keep the car moving. (that's a metaphor)
If you or anyone you know want to keep your life moving forward and don't want your health to hold you back, Encore Chiropractic is here to help. Call our office today to schedule your Initial Visit. Mention this blog post and receive $50 off the price of a complete examination.