Friday, February 5, 2016

Advice from Richard Gere

Richard Gere makes a lot of sense to me, in many ways.  This is from the Richard Gere Online Facebook page...

"My friend's mom has eaten healthy all her life. Never ever consumed alcohol or any "bad" food, exercised every day, very limber, very active, took all supplements suggested by her doctor, never went in the sun without sunscreen and when she did it was for as short a period as possible- so pretty much she protected her health with the utmost that anyone could. She is now 76 and has skin cancer, bone marrow cancer and extreme osteoporosis.
My friend's father eats bacon on top of bacon, butter on top of butter, fat on top of fat, never and I mean never exercised, was out in the sun burnt to a crisp every summer, he basically took the approach to live life to his fullest and not as others suggest. He is 81 and the doctors says his health is that of a young person.
People you cannot hide from your poison. It's out there and it will find you so in the words of my friend's still living mother: " if I would have known my life would end this way I would have lived it more to the fullest enjoying everything I was told not to!"
None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else."

Mmmmmmmmmm Bacon!
I remember shortly after John Lennon was gunned down, his widow, Yoko Ono, said that she and John had been trying to eat very healthy food so as to foster a long life, and that after John's murder, she told her son Sean, "Eat what you doesn't matter."

And of course, I am one who often repeats the fact that Jim Fixx, a healthy man who wrote "The Complete Book of Running," died of a severe, sudden heart attack after his daily jog in 1984, which meant that he did not live long enough to read about how Keith Richards mixed his father's ashes with cocaine and snorted them.

Before we focus on the dietary advice above...and no, I am not recommending that we all begin eating duck fat wedged into Krispy Kreme donuts...let's also pay attention to the part about jumping into the ocean and walking in the sunshine and saying your truth.  

I have not died yet, but I have lost people I love, and the signals I get from them above are unmistakable.  You'll regret the things you didn't do much more than those you did.  It doesn't cost you a nickel to tell someone they look nice today, and who knows?  It might be the first time they've heard it today!

Meanwhile, who wants some bacon?! 


Sandra said...

Hi there ... I stumbled over your blog entry and was wondering if you knew that in fact Keanu Reeves said these things?
I'm a little bit confused right now :)

Mark said...

I read what Keanu wrote and I read what Gere wrote and they both contain worthwhile nuggets of wisdom, to my mind. So no confusion...there are many sources of wisdom available.