Who’s Your Boss?
“You’re not my boss!” How often have we heard children say this, or maybe we were those children? When we were young, we were anxious to assert our independence from nearly everyone. We knew our parents were our bosses, so to speak, but anyone – from older siblings, to grandparents, to babysitters was suspect. We soon learned that they were indeed our bosses. The rationale was that we didn’t yet have the life experience to make important decisions for ourselves.
Before too long, we learned that we actually did have quite a few people who could tell us what to do, and who could often make us do things we didn’t want. Any teacher, coach, or scout leader was our boss, just to name a few.
As we got older, a funny thing happened. We were actually in charge sometimes, and fewer people had the right to tell us what to do. People like employers and policemen had the right, but more often than not, we were becoming the teachers, babysitters, parents, and grandparents who made the decisions. As we gained life experience, we gained that right, and also that responsibility. Why is it then that even when we are in charge, we let others tell us what to do?
For example, the A.B.C. Research Council says eggs are bad for us, so we eliminate them. The D.E.F. Advisory Board says eggs are actually a superfood, so we start including them in our diets again. Whether it be the health of foods, the effectiveness of supplements, the latest fitness trends, or the newest mind/body therapies, it seems we have decided it’s better to listen to the many conflicting bosses out there instead of making wise decisions based on our own research and common sense. We have been living with our bodies, but we have grown accustomed to handing decisions about their care to others. Maybe today is the day we start taking that back; the day we proclaim, if only to ourselves: “I am the boss of me!”
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