All the wealth in the world is useless if you don’t have the health to enjoy it. To me health IS wealth. It’s as simple as that.
If one is in good health, he can find wealth but show me anyone who can buy good health. Good health is a gift money cannot buy not even with all out latest technology.
I am one of those who believe in being happy. I know I will be happy just to be able to jump out of bed every day and go for a run in the park or even trek up the mountain path. I would be terribly unhappy if I had to have help even to get to the bathroom. So what if I have the latest motorised wheel chair to get me to the bathroom? Nothing can beat the joy of getting around on our own two feet! Isn’t independence wealth? What price can you put on that?
Another of my passions is food. I love to eat good food. I want to be able to eat what I want and when I want. I don’t want to have to swallow pills before I can tuck into a plate of fried rice! I cannot explain the sheer satisfaction of a good meal. Of course, I need money to buy the food, so wealth is important but again, there is no use if you can afford to buy wine and caviar but can only stare at it longingly. A person with good health can earn enough to afford that kind of food and relish it as well!
I like to do social service. I feel good when I can actually serve a physically disabled person to achieve a task. I have done it before and I know how happy they are when together we finish a project. If I have given them money, they would not know the satisfaction of knowing their own capabilities. If I had just bought them an album, it would have been easier but because I am healthy, I could run around, get the stuff needed, rush back and forth without being tired and being there for them until the job was done.
These are just a few reasons why I would choose to be healthy rather than be wealthy. If I didn’t have to make a choice, I will want both. Who doesn’t want to be healthy and wealthy!