Beauty, good looks, “hot” is relative. The greatest fictional heroine of all time was described on page one of Margaret Mitchell’s masterpiece Gone with the Wind: “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charms.” The real-life femme fatale Cleopatra was said to be short, dumpy, and squat, her appearance unremarkable, yet she scored Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Anne Boleyn, who was not at all a true beauty, so enchanted King Henry VIII with her magnetism that to marry her he broke from the power of the Roman Catholic Church so that he could have his first marriage annulled. Do you think these real-life women sat around and compared themselves to others? No, of course not. They accepted who they were and made the best of what they had going for them. Not everyone can be thin. Not everyone can be movie-star gorgeous. But you can make the most of what you have by achieving your optimal health.
I’m talking to men here too. Physical appearance, confidence, and sexual prowess hinge on optimal health, not on your car, your designer sunglasses, your cowboy boots, or your bank account. Of course it’s easier to impress when you are wealthy, powerful, and connected, but you also want to live long enough with strength and vitality to enjoy these things if you are so privileged. A very wise man recently said to me, “Never underestimate the ability of men to be oblivious about their appearance.” So if you’re a guy reading this and you’re in denial about the state of your health, please take a realistic look in the mirror because what you see on the outside (without mental photo-shopping) is a barometer of what’s going on inside you. If you’re not optimally healthy, things can only go downhill from there.