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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
June 19, 2019
This past weekend was a pretty busy one for my family. Father’s Day and then my sister’s birthday. This is maybe the second busiest time of the year behind my father’s birthday and the birthdays of my niece and nephew, who all share birthdays in August. Anyway, I kicked off my weekend with my father by helping him with some yard work, discovering he has a five-foot snake living in his yard! Of course, we then focused on making sure the snake would lose some of its food sources, i.e. we cleaned up some areas that looked like they would be rife with mice. We went on a burning spree that day as well, doing some old school brush burning that more or less requires a permit these days. We got around it with some ingenuity, using my dad’s old portable fire pit to make it nice and legal. I went home smelling like smoke and we cleared up quite a bit of brush. It was kind of fun to work with my old man again, even though I probably aggravated him a little by being extremely slow to bring a shovel to him to kill the snake, who I am now officially going to name Bob (the vegan in me said no! hehe). Anyway, we had our usual Father’s Day get together, eating some good food and not going too far out on the unhealthy stuff like sweets and alcohol. That’s the way I like it. Either way, we enjoyed some old photos of the dogs my dad has kinda been hiding from us, talked to the family in Denver and I was even kinda surprised my father liked a movie I really dig by the name of “Drive.” As for my first viewing selection, a documentary called “The Bob Emergency,” that did not go over too well.
Anyway, I have always found it strange that we have so much irreverence when it comes to the celebration of Father’s Day. While the commercials demand we get out mothers something extravagant for Mothers Day, cargo shorts and barbecue sets seem to be maximum requirement for our fathers. I find the tone kind of strange especially since we have a general irreverence about fatherhood in general. So I was extremely happy that my father tried controlling his eating for the event, even though we didn’t really make it a requirement. Like me, he struggles with portion control and it is nice to see him take some steps to take command of his eating (of course, I made up for that by eating too much). Either way, Father’s Day always reminds me of how important it is to actually have my father still around. I see so many people on my social media feed, some my age or younger, who have already lost their father to this world. A lot blame on bad genetics and some it is just bad luck. But I of course will get really divisive on the subject….we really need to encourage good health for our father’s and men alike.
For years I have railed against the whole “Movember” nonsense that kinda sweeps the nation (though in recent years, this trend has kinda died off and no longer has the real impact it used to). It seems disingenuous that for one month of the year, we encourage men to try and be healthy and do basic things like…you know…see a doctor. Of course, I have some major problems that recently cropped up in regards my medical bills so I can see why some men might not want to go…but I digress. As I have stated several times over the years, society seems to paint a different picture about men’s health. Get that extra testosterone. Take these pills. Eat tons of red meat and go Keto! Take more pills for your ailments. Do those dangerous things that might hurt you. Work tons of hours to get that cheddar! Drink a beer with some aspirin and walk that injury off. BEER! WHISKEY! STEAK! Be a man….
Kinda strange right? I mean, we encourage reckless and thoughtless behaviors and then expect men to fix all of their potential problems with expensive procedures. And of course, the quicker and less tested it is, the more likely men are going to use it because it works faster! I have to believe that society as a whole plays these games because they need men to have a specific consumer niche that will always keep them coming back for more. While some might think guns and camping equipment and overly powerful cars might be this market, I tend to believe men’s health is equally problematic. Rather than encourage good habits and behaviors that help men live longer lives, we encourage bad behaviors and then sell them snake oil later in their lives when they are desperate. Sounds like I am lying? Just watch a typical broadcast of any major men’s sporting event and you will see plenty of ads for drugs that have a laundry list of potential side effects.
This is why I am ultimately proud of my own father. He has some misgivings about his weight and his personal health, but his heart doctor says his heart is in great condition, and while he did pull a muscle not too long ago, he has been regularly walking and doing his best to stay fit. Heck, he even helps with the gardening in the back yard. He has fully addressed his sleep apnea and is probably feeling better from the treatment as well. I still need to get him off his last “drugs”—that being eggs and bacon—but I am working on that. So, how can you be like my father? Well, it starts with the first step, and that means you have to make time for physical fitness and eat well. Since a lot of men work in an office setting, it is easy to not do either of those things. Getting yourself on the ball with those two simple assignments will get the ball rolling for you. The second thing you need to do is try to get as much sleep as possible. If this means being the “bad cop” to your kids and demand quiet at a certain time of the evening so you can get to sleep, then so be it. Trust me, a few years of back talking from your kids will be forgiven if you live long enough to have great grand children. And this will most likely be the toughest part….don’t make work everything. Even if your significant other and your kids understand, working tons of hours are not really going to benefit you down the line, so always seek to find that good home and life balance.
These are just some basics for you all to follow. You can certainly find some better ways to make it work or you may already be addressing the issue. You should always look at your personal health as something extremely important, and address your issues before they even become issues. Some people say bad genetics will always win, but that does not mean you can do certain things to address those potentially bad genetics. So stay vigilant my friends. Just think of it this way…the longer you live, the less shorts and shirt shopping you will have to do as you get older!
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