Video: What will your last 10 years look like?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 23, 2013
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This video f****g breaks my heart right now.

Via Reddit: “This is the only commercial that makes me want to live healthier”

This video shows something that is very real for millions of worldians.

I just visited my grandma, a love of my life…in a nursing home, after a fall that broke her hip, …and this is real. The world on the right half of this video is lacking in sunshine, fresh air, healthy real yummy food. It’s not lacking in love—my aunt has been there for my grandma—but it’s lacking in life, in fun, in memories made.

It’s really no life: the tv’s set to random channels, you just want to stay in bed, you can’t read, you don’t want to eat the “food,” the people are generally kind but busy and overwhelmed, often.

And the world on the left: it starts now. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Bicycle. Shovel the walk of a neighbor–it’s free exercise. Go to that yoga class, and remember how to sit up with good posture without trying.

Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like?

“Changing health behaviour is one small step towards a larger goal, making health last. Please visit and take the Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment. This is a good starting place to access individual risk for heart disease and stroke, and to make one small step to change health behavior.”

Life. It’s precious and vulnerable and beautiful.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Video: What will your last 10 years look like?”

  1. sittingyogi says:

    My grandmother was one of the healthiest people I've known. She was a fast walker, world traveller, and opera lover. About 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with excess fluid creating pressure on her brain which was causing her to forget and slow down. She had surgery to fix it, putting a shunt in her brain, but after taking an airplane, the shunt malfunctioned and she has never been with the same speed and mental agility that she always had.

    I only want to say this because being "healthy" does not always mean being able to ride a bike into your 80s. For those who live healthy lifestyles and then find their selves in a much slower, challenging state than they thought they "should" be in, they can still be physically healthy but not up to speed with the rest of the world. It has taken my family much energy, anger, tears, and frustration, but ultimately we have had to conclude that this is my grandmother's path. She has had to work with people she would not have, given an active older life, and she has had to surrender and accept help from those she so often tried to control and push away. All valuable experiences and lessons.

    No matter what the outcome of the last 10 years of someone's life may be, it is all part of the journey. Sometimes the journey can be easy sailing and making positive choices earlier in the trip can help, but sometimes shit just happens and you've got to pull up your boot straps and just make the best of what you have.

  2. Brad says:

    I was just thinking today how so many aging folks in their later years wait and wait and wait until a traumatic health scare before they finally get serious about taking proactive action with their diet, exercise, and health; some of them go past the tipping point of no return and spend years in sickness and regret wishing they had taken earlier preventative measures. Coincidentally, I just saw this video today, and although to some it can be a disturbing upsetting vision and reality check, I feel that if one can see their two future potential health outcomes clearly like this, the pain might trigger some real action and save lives instead of remaining ignorant and procrastinating forever with their diet and fitness. The world needs to see this video.

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