If you’re anything like me, you’re fascinated by the intricate root structure of trees. During the very active hurricane season of 2014, there was a tree in our front yard that was essentially just pushed over. Interestingly, in Florida, the root systems of trees, even trees that are old, tall, and big, are very shallow. Their roots grow far and wide, forming more of a web than burrowing deep as I’m accustomed to being from the north where roots grow both deep and wide. This tree, and many like it, was interesting to look at with it’s web of roots at the base. I envisioned some giant plucking the tree from it’s resting place and tossing it aside like a toddler with his toys.
In the past year, I’ve had a great deal of transition in my life, moving from the land of sun and swamps to the land of mesquite and prickly pear cactus. Changing jobs from working for a cartoon mouse, who happens to be obsessed with capitalism and fantasy, to working for a state organization charged with preserving and protecting wild places and animals. I’ve gone from working over 60 hours a week and most often 6-7 days a week to consistently having two days off each week. It has been refreshing in many ways. My kids have finally, for the most part, stopped asking if I am coming home at the end of the day. I’ve discovered, and rediscovered, some hobbies such as baking gluten free stuff and riding bicycles for both distance and off-road mountain style. I feel like for the past decade we have pretty much just existed to work. This is, thankfully, no longer the case. Sure, we’ve traded in some financial comfort and living in the land of tourism, but we have gained so much in terms of relational health and stress relief.
One of the things that I’m most excited about is that I’ve reignited my quest for health and wellness, both in my own life and sharing that with others. If you’ve followed my life journey, you know that I’ve been unhealthy at times, but also in very good health at other times. For the past three years or so, I attribute my level of health to the tremendous levels of stress that I experienced while living in Florida. It would be easy for an outsider to consider that I had a great job, mucking it up with famous people and politicians, making magic for a mouse. Certainly, at times that was true. But, the organization was not healthy and that sickness trickled down to the likes of me. In some ways, I felt that I was stuck in the mud, spinning wheels, knowing that I needed to move forward and seek out my passions. In other ways, it would have been easier to just maintain the status quo. Fortunately, I was handed a winch line out and have found tremendous satisfaction in my new career.
So, where does this roots theme leave me? Personally, I need to return to my roots. I need my root system to grow deep and wide. I’ve probably read more, listened to more podcasts, watched more YouTube videos, and digested more documentaries on the subject of food and wellness than anyone I know. I’ve studied anatomy and physiology at length during college, and even afterward. I get biochemistry. I have long been interested in the medical field, in some way, from studying Pre-Med to Radiology to pondering a return to school for Chiropractic. I’m just fascinated by these walking skin bags we call home on this earth. I’m fascinated by optimal performance. I’m interested in slowing the aging process. I can’t help but wonder about the fuel that we put into our bodies. I’m amazed at the stories I’ve heard or read about people being healed. Now that I have margin in my life, I can do this, finally! I believe that I was put on this earth for a reason. Looking back, my life’s path could have taken many different directions. For some reason, it didn’t. Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if……But, the reality is that I’ve followed this path for a reason. I need to be intentional about the journey.
So…Be on the lookout for more from me. I love writing. I love sharing my findings with others. I’ve been looking into some credentialing programs for health and nutrition that I’ll be sharing more about in the coming months.
My door is always open if you want to chat about any wellness issues. Stay rooted.
Hey! I’m Tony Wheeler, #gf lifestyle advocate, coffee snob, family man, and rooted in traditional nutrition. I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and hanging out with my family doing fun stuff! Just in case you’re ever asked, the Back to the Future trilogy is my favorite collection of film. Followed closely by Citizen Kane, whose heals are nipped by The Sandlot.