I just saw a water bottle that lights up intermittently to remind you to drink water,

Track your water, track your steps, track your food, track your sleep?

Since when did we become so dependent on technology to track our BASIC NEEDS? And since when did we need a tracker to teach us the importance and URGENCY of a quality life.

We’ve all gotten them before IT’S URGENT: pay your bill! IT’S URGENT: get an oil change! I guess now: IT’S URGENT drink some water. What’s next? IT’S URGENT: Breathe!
Oh wait…👆they already have that one too.

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Which leads me to think;
Is the need for the next tracking device and excuse more URGENT than the that of our basic needs?
Why are we not as URGENT to prioritize our quality of life?

Do you need a tracker to remind you to care for the one life you have…just when it becomes URGENT ENOUGH?

Water: need
Food: need
Movement: need
Sleep: need
Nurture: need

A water bottle blinking tracker? Have you ever seen a plant that didn’t get enough water? Think about those leaves as your organs, fascial tissues, and brain. Try feeding that plant a Diet Coke, or try reacting with food to a misread thirst signal of hunger, because when you’ve deprived your body of hydration, our brain can’t think enough to ask you for a proper glass of water instead of a unfulfilling snack. If you don’t care enough about your needs and you wait till the URGENT light blinks, you’re not aware enough to care and you’re leaving your self-care up to chance. Poor nutrition cycle begins.

Calorie counter, food tracker: Track your entire day of excess just so you confirm the days you were actually consciously eating. Food… our fuel for walking, talking, exploring and overall energy becomes food… our friend in my desk drawer making up for the emptiness of teamwork and the lack of balance between work and play and the ‘boringness’ of the office shuffle. 1 potato chip, 2 potato chip 3 potato chip, bag. Well at least your fit-tracker is getting movement as you move your hand to your mouth 50 chips later.

For most of us, we are at work for the majority of our lives and most of the time we have an untapped potential for a great buddy-system and support system from people who share the same kind of days. But as long as we have our desk drawer snack friend to avoid the fear of changing the popular “work sucks” perspective, we are filled with complacency, work pressure and the illusion of being alone.

Our coworkers are our companions for most of our days, you can chose to make it pleasant and maybe even fun?! or make it half way into a bag of Doritos everyday and talk about how work sucks when you get home, dragging ‘the suck’ to damper your home atmosphere.   Now I’m going to pull a SAT test question:

Food is to friend
Band-aid is to broken leg



Food is to feeling energy
Sun is to growing plant

Food is your sun and will always be lighting the path to your next move. It is the gateway to taking your body through life. Life keeps moving, in order to experience all the movements your life has to offer, you need the energy good food provides to be able to move with it.
Sun was not man-made for the plants and
Humans were never dependent on eating man-made food.

In the newly coined “law of non-essentials”: the need is created as we provide it.
Dependency on excess food (nonessential) is a need (craving) created by us.

Filling your stomach will only leave a larger space for emotional emptiness to be fed, When your basic needs are cared for, filling has no purpose and instead we are fueled with passion for living a full life. The best practice of fill-ing anything should be in PHILANTHROPY.

How many steps today? Count your steps just in case you forgot to move today. If you get 10,000 steps despite the excess of sugar and saturated fats you eat today, your heart will keep working for you! Right? Notttt so fast…

I’m not quite sure if counting steps is the appropriate match for the type of stress that has you holding your breath in, red faced and tense during high stress days. Let’s not even get into the amount of hip stiffness and forward head posture build up the hours of sitting has on restricting your overall movement. And on top of that, the toll post- work snack “decompression binge” and post work couch potato habits take on your body. Does the excess fat that restricts your heart’s pathways for pumping oxygen to the rest of your body really go away with meeting your step goals everyday? Step out of your own way and embrace the bigger picture of health. You want to move freely? You want to move without pain and restriction, then…Move.

Movement whether in terms of mental growth or physical action is essential to embracing life’s experiences in order to bring you a quality life.

Tracking steps may be a step towards building conscious, healthier habits but if we make it the reason we are moving, then let’s just say the lifespan of our new healthy habits and consistency of keeping them up, will be dependent on battery life.  

R.E.M. Must be short for Remember? “Do you remember the last time you shut off the tv to get enough sleep? Do you remember the next to-do item on your list? Did you remember from your sleepy and foggy mind to bring your list?

But you do remember the last time you said “I’m so tired” or the last time you chose to check Facebook drama before you got some rest, or the last time you chose to watch your favorite binge shows despite having to wake up in 4 hours or the last time you caught yourself wrist deep in a bag of pretzels 2 seconds before you pass out on the couch with salt crystals still stuck to your face. (Last night?)

SLEEP is the coolant for your brain and body. Overwork, overrun, overheat and your asking for a system shutdown. Choices will be left up to chance and your decisions left vulnerable to facilitated versions of life and voila! poor habits are formed as a default of poor sleep.

From infancy, this is probably the one forgotten basic need we require in adulthood as much as when we were infants. Love comes and goes with blind dates and a strong tequila. Nurture on the other hand, is nature’s fuel. Our first conscious feeling and the feeling that keeps on giving.

Whether we remember or not, whether it was received or not, the need grows with our need for a more mature security. If it is gifted to us by parental “instincts” we have begun a life fulfilled, if it is withheld by “lack of instincts” we have unfulfilled our first basic need with an empty replacement. And with each little memory we grow with experiences of our basic needs either being fulfilled or being replaced. Habits form and urgency transpires for those whose needs are not met time after time.

Which leads me to my next question?

Where is the tracker to tell us when we are overflowing with “fillers.” Fillers: the excuses we create that keep us from living a quality life (fulfilled life). Not in stores near you? 

How about back-“tracking”?

Remembering that we are human, remembering our instincts. Prioritizing our basic needs before we get the blinking light or the URGENT CARE slapped in front of our face.  

As humans we were created with such amazing qualities, talents and ideas that lead us far superior to any other species created, but….with the power of  self-evolution comes the power to create choices and ability to choose for better or worse. Due to the immense options we humans have created, awareness of what’s a basic need is replaced by confusion of what is needed and not. And so begins the trend. The quote on quote potentially most intelligent of the world becomes potentially crippled by its own right to choose habits A (fulfilled life, self-awareness, superior animal, better operating human) habits B (full, filled and overwhelmed, and looking outward for our answers to a quality life.)

The beautiful thing about nurture is as we mature, our instinct to nurture (Self or others) grows stronger than the need for nurture by an outside stimulus. Nurture can be found as close as your next quality choice. When your basic needs are understood and good choices are made, your fight for survival is subsided. The urgency for basic health is at peace and your system is in balance for you to build upon your perspective and quality of life.

Instead of IT’S URGENT drink water it will be…IT’S URGENT your next adventure awaits you.

BE BASIC…look at the bigger picture of your health and happiness in a simple, minimalist approach and change the perspective of your goals with an open mind to create a fulfilled “way of life.” Sporadic urgency alerts will be replaced by patterns of consistency and developing good habits and Tracker devices replaced by being “on track” with feeling more at peace with your “way of life” choices.  

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