Tonight I had the sudden thought that I wanted to try acupuncture. When I think of people I know and some people living with chronic pain and problems, I would like to recommend anything but drugs to them. I believe in (true) holistic healing. However, in my honesty, I couldn’t say definitively that it works. So I thought I should try it myself so I could give a personal recommendation, or maybe, not recommend it at all.
The problem is, there’s nothing really wrong with me right now. Maybe a year ago, I should have had this thought, when I was nearly crippled from my back pain. Things are pretty good in my health lately. Sure, I’ll get a sore back, or a sore hip or foot arch from hiking, but that’s nothing. Those pains go away and they are just a small annoyance. I don’t get sick. That’s another one of those things like never worrying about money. It just doesn’t happen. As an example, just yesterday my nose started running and I had a run of coughing that hit me and tore up my throat like you know what’s coming. I just insisted, “I am not getting sick. I don’t get sick.” Fifteen minutes later, I forgot I was even coughing.
I wracked my brain trying to think of what ailment I could treat with acupuncture. The only thing I could come up with was my life-long battle with acne. But come on, treating that with acupuncture bears a level of irony even I couldn’t handle. Besides, I know the real solution for my skin is to stop drinking colored soft drinks (Coke, bad; Sprite, fine). Weight loss? No, all I need to do is eat less and walk more. Stress? No, I just need to meditate more and get massages. Can acupuncture find me a great date? eh.
I had a passing thought that no problem I had was severe enough for acupuncture. Actually, my thought was “…drastic enough for acupuncture.” and that surprised me. Did I really consider this to be a drastic procedure? I guess so, but it would be after plenty of other potential remedies like rest, exercise, massage, and OTC medication. And it’s most ironic that in this point in my life, I want to try something casually that I also find to be a drastic procedure.
So, I guess I’m going to have to wait for something bad to happen to me. The problem is, since my change in attitude, I can’t even picture something bad happening to me. Such a difficult life to live when living in positivity…