Johnson Babalola
April 7, 2024

Letter to my Friends: Self-Care Amidst Life’s Uncertainties

Dear Friends:

Lately, we’ve been confronted with distressing reports of illnesses and premature deaths among individuals we know, many of whom were younger than 65. Each instance of such news has deeply affected us, especially those who were close to the individuals involved. These unfortunate events serve as poignant reminders of the transient nature of life, highlighting how everything we cherish, be it relationships or material belongings, is ephemeral.

In the face of such uncertainties, it becomes imperative to prioritize self-care amidst life’s demands. While we pursue our ambitions and fulfill our responsibilities, we must also nurture our well-being. Credentials may not always secure the futures we envision, families can falter, and work may not always fulfill us. Yet, we persist, striving for excellence while recognizing the importance of balance.

As we navigate the inevitable challenges brought by age and other factors, let us commit to looking after ourselves. This entails maintaining a healthy lifestyle, striking a balance in our professional and social endeavors, being mindful of indicators signaling our health status (from a simple headache to a niggling knee pain to more serious health conditions as irregular heartbeat, black outs, numbness, slurred speech, shortness of breath, and others), seeking prompt medical help, and adhering to medical treatments without undue pressure and unsubstantiated excuses. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish; it’s a fundamental aspect of preserving our physical and mental health.

Furthermore, let us be mindful of the company we keep, surrounding ourselves with individuals who uplift and inspire us. Cultivating a support network of positive-minded individuals can significantly impact our overall well-being.

In our pursuit of personal fulfillment, let us not forget to extend compassion and support to our friends and relations facing health challenges. May they find strength and resilience in their difficult time and may our collective prayers and positive energy serve as a source of comfort.

In closing, let us strive for contentment, run our own race, count our blessings, and cherish each moment we’re blessed with. May sadness and loss find no place within our group and community, as we continue to uplift and support one another. Amen.

Johnson Babalola, a Canada and Nigeria based lawyer, leadership consultant, storyteller and corporate emcee, is a public affairs analyst. Follow him for discussions on real life issues that affect us all.

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