HEALTH has been on my mind lately ... how it can silently slip away over years unnoticed until some catastrophe happens. My mom used to say if you don't have good health nothing else matters.
We all know healthy habits can prevent disasters. Wherever I go I see people cycling, running, walking and climbing. The Art Of Running logo on a woman's t-shirt (photo above) was a sign about keeping fit. I admired her efforts at the 1001 Steps in Ocean Park recently and was impressed she only puffed a bit after running up and down so many stairs.
Even though there are likely fewer than 1001, it can feel like a lot more steps. Locals use the stairway to the beach for exercise, turning their dreams of shedding pounds and building strong hearts into reality.
At the top of the stairs there are some common sense signs. Smoking is banned in this woodsy place, as is dumping trash. If you don't get out before the gate closes, you might spend the night with the wildlife at the bottom.
Signs tacked to a post (above) can be as easy to ignore as the early signs of an illness. For those who dare look, placing an arm in a blood pressure cuff at the drug store can be revealing.
Hypertension or other surprise might await beyond the gate but being bitten by a disease decreases when willing to explore the true state of our wellness.