Here in America we at Fit After Fifty tend to go all out to celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day. This marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (which was actually signed on July 2, 1776 – speculation is that the official celebration was delayed by two days because several of the signers needed to recover from gout flareups brought on by rich food and drink consumed during their private post-signing celebrations!).
This year it’s expected that in excess of 155,000,000 hot dogs will be consumed, 68,300,000 cases of beer will be sold on July 4th and $6000,000,000 will be spent on fireworks. That’s some party!
This year while enjoying your family, BBQ and other events of the day, take a few minutes to reflect on your personal sense of freedom and independence. Yes, this day is about celebrating as a country, but it’s also an opportunity to declare your own independence from limiting beliefs and activities that negatively impact your life.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
Being healthy is one of the surest indicators of happiness. You have the freedom to choose what you eat, how often you exercise and other matters relating to your overall health. In fact, you have the ability to improve your health significantly, not just now but well into the future, by choosing to assert your freedom of choice in a more conscious way. After all, bad choices often lead to the penalty of poor health.
“Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade … where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.” -Chief Joseph * Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt (1840-1904, Nez Perces’ Tribe)
To get in the holiday spirit, check out Celine Dion singing “God Bless America”. What does freedom mean to you? To the country in which you live? Reconnect with your own personal freedom to make healthy choices because you can!
Declare today YOUR Independence Day. Embrace your personal freedom to make healthy choices!
Stay safe, don’t drink and drive, and let the pros handle the fireworks.
Let freedom ring!