It’s extraordinary what you can find on the Internet: weight-loss pills, miraculous teas, physical performance supplements, or anti-aging pills.
You don’t even have to go deep. A quick search on Amazon will show hundreds of products, many with good reviews.
When someone has bad health, it’s very tempting to get one of these and believe you will get rid of symptoms quick. The reality is that the supplements industry is not regulated by governments. Anyone can call themselves a supplement designer, mix baking powder with pesticides (USA Today article), fool people with marketing tricks, and totally get away with it. There are simply no rules and it’s not far from snake oil salesmen in the 19th century.
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Year after year, the holiday season is an opportunity to catch up with friends, rejoice and exchange gifts from with friends and family.
On a personal level, I see the holiday season as an important reminder of the cycle of life. We are so often invested in our work and daily routine that we can forget that time slowly passes by, season after season. I stop, look around, realize how much it changed and then feel thankful that I’m here, with so many good things ahead.
In more practical terms, the holiday season is also a season of indulgence. It’s not just the extra pounds but the poor nutritional value of the food and beverages. I have a few recommendations you can look into:
It’s trendy to work on a beach in Thailand or in Bali for the winter.
It’s acceptable to move out to another city for your dream job. Not a lot of people think about it twice.
It’s fashionable to travel around the world and move around with just a backpack.
It’s ok to travel all the time and go see customers and prospects all around the country.
We fulfill our quest for self actualization.
That’s the American Dream and that’s what favorite Instagrammers and Youtubers like to talk about.
We lose out though on one important thing: having people around us who care.
I think this is something that’s rarely talked about and underestimated.
Have people around you who look out will help you when you move out with the heavy boxes. They will encourage you to see the doctor when you are coughing blood or when you have to go through a chemo session. They will also be there to support when you lose your job – knowing that otherwise you will finish that bottle of vodka and be filled with sadness. They will hug you when you’re going through a rough time with your spouse.
Looking out for each other is not as fashionable as getting a new iPhone. It’s not as exciting as going for a trip to Indonesia. But it might save your life next time you are faced with a challenge. And it will make you happy.
So if you want to spend 6 months to be a digital nomad, what if instead the better option is investing time and attention in friends? Inviting friends for a dinner at home and caring for them is less expensive than the air ticket and it will be definitively worth it in the long term.
This is true today. And it will still be true in 10 years.
Did you know your iPhone knows exactly how many steps you take daily? And that it can list which locations you visit through the day? It also measures how many floors you climbed, your walking distance, and if you have installed health apps, it will also begin to collect heart rate data, blood pressure and even your health records.
The downside is that all of it is inside the Health app, which is as sexy and usable as a spreadsheet!