Do you know what is going on inside your body? It is an intricate and fascinating machine. Of course I knew about the circulatory system and the digestive system, I slept my way through most of that in high school biology, but the stuff I am talking about is on the molecular level, the really small stuff, so small we don’t have machines to visibly view them because they are smaller than a wavelength of light. That in itself starts folding my brain inside out. We may not have the technology to see what is going on in our body, but we do have the science to guess at what it looks like.
I have been on a health kick lately, trying to eat healthier, I have taken gluten out of my diet, just for a month to see if I notice a difference (okay so I have cheated here and there but all in all, I’ve done pretty good). I have been trying to take better care of myself because as I get older I don’t heal as fast, my aches last longer, my skin isn’t as supple as it once was and me living hard and playing hard isn’t helping out much either. The human body is pretty resilient, it can take a whole lot of shit kicking, but you can’t be living like an asshole and expect to live until you’re a hundred.
I watched this TED talk the other day called Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology. Check it out.
This blew my mind. The fact that all these processes were going on inside my body at such an intricate level made me cringe, I was oblivious, I didn’t care before I saw this video. When I would feel an ache or pain I would get mad at my body and curse it for being so lame. I would treat my body like a rented mule not caring how or what it was doing to keep me alive.
Now that I have seen the inner workings of my body and how specialized it is it makes me rethink my health and what I’m doing to keep these little workers inside my body happy and healthy, maybe if I treat them better they will work harder, making more of me, so I can stick around longer with more of you. Whether it is outer space or inner space I think as humans we have so much to learn. To live with reckless abandon may be good for creativity and exploration, but I’m not so sure it’s good for the waste line and the health of your cells. So eat healthy and think small, really, really, really small.