“I Collect Bad Wines”

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I Collect Bad Wines

You always find interesting Ted Talks. One that I recently watched was by Ric Elias, a singer and songwriter who described his near-death experience of being on the plane that emergency landed on the Hudson River in 2009.

This five minute talk got to the point pretty quickly of what it’s like to be on a plane that is most likely going to crash.

I recommend that you check it out. One comment that struck me was how Ric Elias felt in the quick moments as everything was unfolding.

Imagine a big explosion as you climb through 3,000 ft. Imagine a plane full of smoke. Imagine an engine going clack, clack, clack. It sounds scary. Well, I had a unique seat that day. I was sitting in 1D. I was the only one who could talk to the flight attendants. So I looked at them right away, and they said, “No problem. We probably hit some birds.” The pilot had already turned the plane around, and we weren’t that far. You could see Manhattan. Two minutes later, three things happened at the same time. The pilot lines up the plane with the Hudson River. That’s usually not the route. (Laughter) He turns off the engines.Now, imagine being in a plane with no sound. And then he says three words. The most unemotional three words I’ve ever heard. He says, “Brace for impact.” I didn’t have to talk to the flight attendant anymore.(Laughter) I could see in her eyes, it was terror. Life was over.

When the pilot said, unemotionally, “Brace for impact” he could see the water getting closer and the plane about to attempt a landing on the Hudson River. The most likely scenario was not going to be positive.

He describes the thoughts that went through his head as this happened. It was not so much death that scared him but the thought of not having lived a full life.

I came up with a saying, which is, “I collect bad wines.” Because if the wine is ready and the person is there, I’m opening it. I no longer want to postpone anything in life. And that urgency, that purpose, has really changed my life.

“I collect bad wines,” he said. Why? Because why wait for a special occasion in the future to drink a good wine. As soon as the right friend or the right person is there with you, let’s open that good bottle and celebrate! We don’t know if we’ll be able to celebrate tomorrow. You can replace the wine metaphor with anything else you’d like.

I abide by this philosophy not postponing what makes you happy.

There are two ways to look at it.

One is to prepare for the future because the person you are today is a result of the actions you took in the past. So if you don’t take care of your health right now and eat whatever you feel like eating, then you might be regretting it in the future, which will eventually become your present.

If you want to have a better present in the future, you need to start planning for it now. That’s one way to look at it.

Another way is this idea that we don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know how long we’re going to live. Therefore, we also need this insurance policy of living our dreams and enjoying life while we can, because we don’t know how long it’s going to last.

I think it’s possible to do both. You can have a plan for the future and plan and save and take care of your health now, but you also need to seek to enjoy your life while you can. To me, it comes down to not postponing what’s most important, while caring for your health so that your future self also lives a good life!

Finally Ric said:

I was given the gift of a miracle, of not dying that day. I was given another gift, which was to be able to see into the future and come back and live differently. I challenge you guys that are flying today, imagine the same thing happens on your plane — and please don’t — but imagine, and how would you change?What would you get done that you’re waiting to get done because you think you’ll be here forever? How would you change your relationships and the negative energy in them? And more than anything, are you being the best parent you can?

Share your thoughts below…

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing that. What I would have liked to have read is what you decided to stop putting off as a result of listening to the Ted Talk. What are you doing differently since listening to the Ted Talk.

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