As I sit here saddened by the news of the death of Chadwick Boseman due to colon cancer, I can’t help but feel a little bit of fear over my own cancer diagnosis. Assuming that Chadwick’s career kept him in shape with a good fitness and nutrition regimen; I look at my own fitness and nutrition regimen (which is almost non-existent) and I can’t lie, a small part of me is concerned.
I shared this concern with some girlfriends and they reminded me that Chadwick was playing on a whole other level where the demands of his career and its effect on his health are enough to override even the best fitness and nutrition regimen. Stress, on its own, has many damaging effects on the mind, body and soul. Check out these facts:
- Long-term stress can increase your risk of mental health disabilities*
- Frequent stress decreases your immune system*
- Stress is bad for your heart*
Suffice it to say that we are living in a stressful time with COVID-19 and Black people being gunned down by law enforcement (and citizens) American leadership is, quite frankly, a joke and now, to lose our beloved Chadwick Boseman aka King T’Challa of Wakanda aka The Black Panther and not to mention so many others since this pandemic started and we don’t really know what’s waiting around the corner for us each day, but we do know that as long as we have life, we have the power to create change.
Create change in your home, in your family, your community, your city and your country by creating change in your life. It takes one small act of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control to start seeing change; and wherever you go be mindful of the fact that your life is making a difference to someone, somewhere. Make your life your message. Live in a way that when people see how you live, they know it’s from a good place and they will be inspired and encouraged to walk in your light.
FBI STYLE wants to create change by standing with our Black brothers and sisters and supporting Black businesses by sharing more about the wonderful things our Black entrepreneurs and professionals are doing. We want to continue to encourage all our readers towards their best health and if there’s one thing that we can all do for our leaders for our country and the world, Chris Pratt said it best, learn to pray.
Farewell Chadwick #WakandaForever