Level Three. New You and New Me.

By Michelle Lloyd.

What did it mean to be well? New One heard the term mentioned at this time of year an awful lot. He had his listening ears on at school and home, and according to what interpretations received he thought wellbeing could mean how healthy you were but then he got confused because those who looked quite health conscious to him, would start asking about wellness and how they could improve on it.

At school and at home New One started to listen out more and more for the word of wellness. How did it apply to those he knew and what he might take from it became important.

Soon New One learnt that when his mum went to her fitness classes, the word signified what other areas of life you were feeling in control of or happy with, for example if one of her class buddies said it then they meant how alert and fit they felt. New One was aware that many of his mum’s buddies were very aware and alert, like his own mum, they all knew what their children were doing at seemingly all times. When asked about it, his mum put her awareness or wellness down to meditation and calming exercises…it was certainly something for New One to think about.

New One’s dad was a wellness person he was sure but when he asked him what the term meant, he explained that at work wellness signified if you had a bad night’s sleep or not and if you were tired, feeling hungry or out of sorts at all. If you could say no to all three then according to Dad you were part of the wellness club. If New One took that train of thought then being rested and full meant he was full of wellness. Again, he decided this was an interesting idea.

New One then looked at and studied his dog, Lana, for signs of wellness in her. If being happy was part of it then she certainly seemed to have mastered the art. Walkies or long walks were what made her leap about and wag her tail and without being able to gain more of a verbal answer from her than that, he decided maybe that was what wellness meant to her. It was something to give him pause for thought or paws for thought!

In the end, New One took all three notions of wellness into his impression of what it meant. It seemed to him that wellness could have multiple ideas for many but as long as one felt that they were being put into a happy, healthy or positive state, then that was what mattered.