I just don’t have time

As I am coming out under the dark, viral clouds of a cold that has knocked me out of commission for the last week, I can easily narrow down on who Patient Zero was that brought this upon me. It was a guy at my gym who was obviously sick that decided to move next to me and cough like an idiot while I was in the middle of my workout. As a friend pointed out, “See, that’s what you get for going to the gym.” Sure, it could have possibly not been him, but at the same time, I work from home, haven’t flown in a couple of months, and haven’t really been around anyone sick recently except him.
It all makes me think upon the larger issue in US America in that we are continually building a structure in to our lives where we simply don’t have time for anything except what is immediately important to the individual. Growing up in very rural California, when you got sick as a kid, you stayed home until you were well. The same went for adults. You only went to work if you were completely flat-out broke and even then you thought about it long and hard because you knew that you were sick and getting well meant resting.
Low and behold the shock when I moved to the SF Bay Area and found that people came to work no matter how sick they were. They are so focused here and feel that they are so crucial to whatever is going on at their job, there is simply no way they can take time off. Folks need to wake up and realize that if someone can’t be offline for a solid week, then there is something seriously wrong with how that person is working and how the company overall is functioning. The “always on” mentality can’t apply to we organic beings. We need to recharge.
But tied in with this is the complete frustration people feel in the US when something unscheduled hoses their schedule. A cold is a perfect example of this. In addition to the working sick, I was aghast when I found out that people went to the gym sick in order to “burn off” the illness. There are people who swear by this, but obviously it doesn’t work. If it does, show me a controlled study that proves it. What it does do is give the individual the feeling that they are working as fast as they can to get back in to the swing of things, fighting their cold at the gym. Oh yeah, it also exposes everyone else in the gym to their viral-laden air and fluids all over the machines. Screw everyone else though. They’re getting better faster; they think.
This attitude doesn’t just apply to colds. It applies to other things as well, such as women scheduling a C-Section so that they know exactly when they’re going to give birth and can work around the inconvenience of the whole thing. I wonder why women (and their spouses who go along with this) bother to have children at all, since kids are one unscheduled thing after another if raised in a healthy environment… But the quintessential summary of this attitude was a campaign by Monistat years ago that actually ran on TV with the catchphrase, “I don’t have time for a yeast infection”. While my family (remember, we’re country folk) found it hilarious, at the same time, it’s sad that in the American culture, health is such a secondary concern in life, where for other countries, it, food, and family all battle for top components to a life well-lived. I guess there are studies that show things are taking too long in the US.
With me, I’m still slogging through this and yes, I’ve been pretty inactive, just allowing myself to recover, which is why I haven’t really written anything in a week. I’ve been far too busy being in bed and reading King Leopold’s Ghost which is an excellent account of Belgian Colonial screwing they gave to the Congo. I highly recommend it as well as punching coughing morons next to you at the gym and then washing your hands thoroughly after said punching.
I just don't have time

One Reply to “I just don’t have time”

  1. Really In US ,health is the secondary concern than family?I think I think health should be necessary but family has its own importance.

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