I get into my car yesterday to go for a ride, and the car won't start! I am outraged, how dare it not start! What have I ever done to deserve this! Why ME! Life is sooooooooo not fair!!!
A friend of mine recommended I take it to a mechanic. I have never been to a mechanic but he said it was the thing to do so I went.
The mechanic suggested an oil change. $120 later my car still wouldn't start. After viewing having a look at the car he suggested a host of other problems that would end up costing a bunch of money. He told me it needed an oil change - why isn't it working! What a waste of time and money. I am never going there again.
A friend suggested I try another garage. This time the mechanic wanted to change my starter - he said it wasn't turning over. $300 later and it makes a better sound - but it still won't run. Can you believe it. I am loosing faith.
Ok, ok, I just went to a trade show and learnt about fluid levels. I am sure my fluid levels must be low - can you believe it - when you turn on your wipers this blue smelly stuff is suppose to squirt out and help wash your windshield. Who knew? :) I am so excited I think I have finally figured it out. Hauled it into another shop got the fluid levels topped up. It should be running now. Who knew there was so much to know about owing an automobile!
THAT IS IT!!! I AM DONE WITH MECHANICS!!! All they do is hose you for money! Nothing ever works, you can't trust them! I am off to the dealership to buy a new car. I can't believe how the old one let me down. What an under performing wreck. The universe must hate me!
Later that day I invited my friend over to see my new car. Parked beside it was my old model. The conversation went something like this:
Him: Is that the car that wouldn't run he asked?
Me: Of course.
Him: How old is that car?
Me: 65 years old.
Him: But where are the tires?
Me: What do you mean tires? The rubber that use to cover the wheel rims? That wore off decades ago!
Him: What kind of gas do you use?
Me: Whatever I have on hand, usually french fry oil.
Him: How many km do you have on this thing?
Him: R U KIDDING ME! The same engine?
Me: Of course.
Him: Have you EVER had a service treatment on it?
Me: Not until the oil change 3 months ago.
Him: I am beginning to get the picture...
Me: But I don't understand, (pout, pout, pout) EVERYONE ELCES car runs just fine! Why ME!
Him: You may have a bigger issue than you thought.
What do you think of the girl in this story? Do you feel sorry for her? How accurate is she in her judgments and assumptions? This brings me to the question...
Not a single person alive with a grain of salt in their head would dream of owning an automobile without giving it at least minimal care an attention (gas, oil changes, spark plugs etc). I cannot further imagine that one who drove an automobile hard and put it away wet for 65 years would expect too much out of it at the end of this period.
So why then do we expect this from our bodies?
What is your yearly automobile budget? What is your yearly preventative health care budget? What are your expectations for your body and how just are they really? Are you allocating your time, money, resources and energy accordingly? And finally - after years of ignoring the bumps, groans and signals from our body, why do we decide to TEST out a form of preventative treatment and give up after only 1-3 treatments because they are not doing anything? What if the oil change, starter, and fluid change were all necessary to get the machine running - but are also just part of a much larger picture?
If you find this post interesting, please share it with friends in need of an oil change (or a little bit more) and show your support by investing one treatment, per month towards a maintenance program with your preventative health care professional - unless you have the means to invest in a brand new "automobile" at age 65.