Boy you’re a tough crowd! A while back I was blogging from my sickbed and Traian took me to task for it, writing, “Sick, again? What is wrong with you? Even with your higher consciousness, you get sick more often than most people I know …I haven’t got a serious cold in 2 years.” David added, “Why are you sick Randy? What experience did you wish to attract into your realty?”
The next day Natalie jumped in, stating, “I’m wondering if you are accepting less than the best when it comes to your health. You’ve written previously about being very ill. Why do you think you manifest such ill health?“
Now of course my first reaction could be to get defensive and attack them for being judgmental. But let’s stay away from that, because the question they raised is a fair one. My work is about reaching higher levels of success, prosperity, and consciousness – and health certainly plays a vital role in all that. And writing one of the top-ranked blogs in the world comes with a certain degree of scrutiny.
If you buy one of Suze Orman’s books on finance, you want to know that she isn’t four months behind on her car payment. If you go to a Robert Kiyosaki seminar, you want to know that he actually invests in real estate.
However, here’s the distinction. I am definitely not one of those gurus who present themselves as an all-knowing, omnipotent, omniscient sage who has reached the pinnacle of enlightenment. Quite the opposite…
I’m just a guy who grew up poor and messed up, and became passionate about self-development, personal growth, and the study of prosperity. And love sharing the journey with other success-minded people. If you buy one of my books, attend one of my seminars, or simply stop by this blog, you’ll find out what I’m thinking and doing right now. My work is never presented as the definitive dogma or doctrine on how you should live your life. It’s just thoughts on what’s working – and not working – in my own life at the moment.
In fact, the reason I am so active on social media like this blog, my Twitter account, Facebook page and YouTube channel is precisely because they are interactive. Notice all the requests for your feedback on the issues we discuss. By doing this, the whole community gets to learn from each other.
But let’s get back to the original issue: Me preaching about prosperity, but not demonstrating optimum health.
Guilty as charged…
Heath and wellness are vital cogs of prosperity, which is why we discuss them a lot here. But as stated to Traian in the original post, I’m an open book. When I’m sick, you’ll know about it. And I’m sick more than I want to be or should be. That’s because in my earlier years I made some very bad lifestyle choices, and have suffered the consequences. I try to encourage you guys to keep your health, because I didn’t do that, and now am in the situation of having to rebuild mine.
I moved away from home at 15 years old. That meant a daily diet of nothing but pizza, fast food, sodas, and sweets for over a decade – along with three packs of Marlboro a day for 15 years. I was a teenage alcoholic and drug addict. At 20, I went sober and haven’t had a drink in 31 years. But over the years I fell off the wagon a few times with drugs such as cocaine, crack, and a serious addiction to crystal meth.
My liver can’t take care of me the way it’s supposed to right now, because I didn’t take care of it. I got colitis about five years ago, and it went misdiagnosed for four. As a result, even though I eat pretty healthy these days, my intestine doesn’t absorb nutrients the way a proper functioning one does. In a robbery I was shot in the abdomen and had to have my intestines sewed up, so that certainly didn’t help.
But by far the biggest challenge came five years ago, when I was diagnosed HIV positive. That seriously compromised my immune system and makes me susceptible to all kinds of opportunistic infections and diseases. So yeah, I get sick more than other people.
Now on the other side…
I’m feeling better at 51 than at 41, playing on three softball teams, running some very successful businesses, and loving life. I can still hit screaming line drives and make the occasional diving stop at third base. I eat well, found an amazing nutrition program, and work out every day. My T-cells and blood count are great and I have an undetectable viral load. Which means I don’t have AIDS, most likely will never get it, and I’m not infectious.
Obviously this is a very personal matter that most people don’t talk about. But I’m putting it out for public knowledge with the hope it can promote understanding and help others.
Still, you could say the safe thing would be to stay home collecting stamps and playing chess. But that’s not me…
I may only have 85 or 90 years left and want to make the most of them. That means leading two blog communities, conducting workshops, working on charities and spending time with loved ones. There are more books to write, seminars to conduct, and videos to produce.
I lead a network of 100,000+ people in more than 50 countries and travel the world helping them reach their dreams. That meant reaching Platinum status on three airlines by the end of March this year. Breathing all that moldy recycled air, crossing time zones the way most people cross the street, and flying red eye flights is tough on your health. So sometimes my body doesn’t know what time zone it’s in or what to do next. And when that’s the case, it sends a wake-up call to shut down and reel things in.
But because I choose to live hard each day, I saw Michael Jackson perform before he died, saw Michael Jordan defy gravity before he retired, flew the Concorde before it was mothballed, caught a ballgame at Yankee Stadium before it went down, and a couple hundred other amazing things.
I’m not perfect. Just amazing. And the point of sharing everything with you is because you have the potential to be amazing too.
Are you up for that?
You never know when your time will be up. You have to decide if you are going to get through an existence, or live an amazing life. Hopefully you choose the latter, which is what this blog is about.
Life is too short to play it safe. Don’t be so afraid to die that you forget to live.
Live big. Be amazing.
P.S. Thanks for all of your concern, but please know I’m doing great. No one needs to die of AIDS any more. The antiretroviral medicine can give anyone who comes up HIV positive a long, healthy life. But this is not happening in Africa. (And a few other places like Haiti, Guyana and Cambodia.) Many countries there are too poor to buy the medicine or are corrupt and prevent it from reaching those that need it. (Uganda has an epidemic yet they are trying to buy $300 million worth of Russian jets.)
In these places, AIDS is running rampant and people are dropping dead. Babies are born and die with it every day. The global recession has dried up donations. Africa needs about $30 billion a year to control the pandemic and they’re getting about a third of that. Please. Be amazing. Give what you can: http://www.unaids.org/