By Tammy Parkinson
Picture 2 beautiful new cars, fresh of the assembly line. They are the same make, model and year. One buyer (Joe) gets one, another (Jane) buys the other. They get them on the same day.
Joe signs up for the warranty plan and takes his car in when warrantied service is needed, as well as changes the oil regularly (using only the best) and always chooses optimal gas. Joe also washes his car with the best soaps as well as cleans the interior and waxes before it cries out for needed care. To really go for it, Joe puts new tires on as needed and stores his car in a warm garage.
Jane loves her new car but decides she needs to save a few dollars and uses the cheapest gas, only changes the oil when the gauge is on “Red” and decides a new car doesn’t need to be serviced until the check engine light comes on…which truly isn’t until at least 75K miles is tacked on. She does run her car through a car wash occasionally but doesn’t really bother with vacuuming or waxing. She’ll probably want a new car anyway by the time the car looks tattered.
4 years later and 80K miles on the odometer, Joe’s car looks and drives as though it’s only a year old, at best. Jane’s car however is in the shop often (costing her a small fortune and frustration) and looks like she bought it 15 years earlier.
How can two cars which start out exactly the same be so incredibly diﬀerent? One is taken care of (even though it was time consuming), respected, and handled with care, while the other was taken for granted and used up quickly, figuring it would last until it was no longer needed.
Do we do this to ourselves? We all come in to this world, pretty healthy and similar for the most part. What we do from “day 1” oﬀ the assembly line so to speak can determine OUR warranty expiration; and if we will expire sooner than we bargained for or last longer than anyone thought we could. Two people could be born side by side in the same hospital on the same day, but depending on the maitenance and care given, one could be breaking down earlier than standard comparisons! So much of our lifetime expectancy has to do with the gas, oil, (i.e. food and water) maintenance, cleaning and gentle care we put in day after day, year after year.
The craziest part of this is many of us treat our bodies like Jane did her car, but we treat our actual vehicle like Joe did to his car. If it needs to be one over the other, shouldn’t it be the other way around? I personally love my car, but my health, I treat like the warranty is only valid if I take care of it every day. And I honor my warranty because I intend on driving this body and mind for many many years to come.