Recently I was traveling for a conference and passed through a number of airports. While there, there was a huge amount of people watching which was interesting to say the least. One thing that fascinates me is tattoos and piercings. I don’t have any, but I find them interesting and often really cool to see. One of the reasons I don’t have any tattoos is that I am very cheap and I’m not about to pay huge amounts of money to get one. This got me thinking about how much money people have invested in their tattoos which then went on to how much people invest in their own body. Then I went down a rabbit hole of a thought exercise and without further ado, here we go.
Investing in yourself
Just like with your retirement you can invest in yourself in a variety of ways. And just like retirement investments some are naturally more risky, but give you greater potential returns. Others are very safe but give you small returns. More importantly some are a waste of time and energy. Now, keep in mind that this is a thought exercise and some things that people invest in are done for psychological reasons, not as a means to enhance themselves which is not the point of this post.
Best safe investments
Your nutrition, sleep, education, and low intensity exercise are your best safe investments for improving your overall health. Paying more for better food, a nice bed, and decent equipment will give you a great return on your investment with your own health and should not be under appreciated.
High intensity training, very heavy resistance training, large volume aerobic training, and perhaps sauna use. These can give you potentially great enhancements in performance and your health, but there are added risks here with a larger risk of injury. I like to invest in myself with a number of those choices, but turns out I have been hurt doing them as have many of other people.
Hair cuts, tanning, tattoos, piercings are things you can spend money on with yourself but these are either quickly depreciating investments or investments that give you no real added value (but potentially give you psychological value). You can put your resources in to these, but there are better methods to invest in that will give you greater health and performance improvements.
Now you can invest in yourself to improve yourself, but on the other side of the coin is to withdrawal from your health and performance. This is something that people often overlook. Some examples of withdrawing behaviors is; not sleeping enough, eating garbage foods, being sedentary, and doing drugs (drinking, smoking, etc.). Lifestyle stress is another form of withdrawal and this can be through relationships, work, and the environment that you live in. This is important to remember since a number of folks do invest in themselves but their withdrawing behaviors leave them at a neutral health balance at best and potentially a negative monthly balance.
Your overall health, wellness, and performance are all going to be moved in the direction that your total monthly investment and withdrawals give you. Some investments give you more than others, but do what you enjoy while being mindful of what is easy and safe to improve yourself. Understand that you can be working against yourself as hard as you are investing and due to this you will be effectively going nowhere. Thanks as always for reading and if you have any questions please let me know.