Health Maintenance

When you sit down most of your life, you start to notice health issues that you didn’t expect. Or, maybe you expected them, but you’re too young to feel like this.

I’m only 32, but I have a handful of problems that make me feel much older.

It’s easier to start “getting healthy” when you have a constant reminder that something is wrong, but I have been thinking a lot about the stuff that hasn’t shown up yet.

If you’ve known me long enough, you’ve probably heard me rant about how bad software is. I even wrote a bit about obsession with innovation. In software, we are told to “fail fast” and to get to our “minimum viable product” as soon as possible. The maintenance will come later.

Most of the time, the maintenance never comes. If we’re lucky, something catastrophic happens, forcing us to make big changes and fix our mistakes. Otherwise, the software is doomed to become worse as we pile on more features.

That sounds a lot like what we do to our bodies. When we’re young, we don’t have to care about the maintenance because there are no immediate issues. Just do what you have to do, the maintenance will come later… or it’ll be too late.

It would be pretty hypocritical of me to ignore the maintenance I need to do with my health. I don’t want my back to fail fast, and I don’t need a minimum viable disability.



Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.