I figured Valentine’s Day was as good a time as any to check in with the question…have you thought about how you can use your body to help others?
If you are lucky enough to be young and healthy, you can share that luck with others who may not be. You can…
Donate blood. If you are able, donating blood is one of the easiest things you can do. This is, to me, just something we all should do, like filing our taxes. I am sure that someone I love will need blood at some point in his or her lifetime, and donating, to me, is just good karma for that moment. I haven’t donated in a few months, but because I donate regularly, the Red Cross often just calls me when there’s a blood drive in the area so I can go give them some lovin.
Join the bone marrow registry. Fill out your info on Be a Match and you will be contacted if you are a match. (You don’t have to donate if you’re a match, but I think that that’s a pretty incredible thing to have happen.) I started the process when my friend Cara told me that they need more minority females. But regardless, you might be the match they are looking for. How romantic!
Donate breast milk. Who knew, right?! But you actually can donate breast milk; one organization works to get it to babies in countries plagued by AIDS. Something to definitely consider if you are pregnant or just gave birth! Check out Give Milk for more information. (Ha…I suppose “Got Milk?” was taken…)
Become an organ donor. This is one area where, religious reasons excluded, I feel all people can commit. It’s a little morbid to think about, but when I think of not saving a life, it just seems selfish to me. Again, you never know when you’ll be praying for someone you love who is on the transplant list. So make sure your license shows your wishes and make sure your family knows your wishes.
A healthy, strong body is a blessing, and we shouldn’t take it for granted! And realizing your body, in the physical sense, simply as a collection of cells, has the power to help others is an amazing thing in realizing your body is lovable. When you’re sharing your health, the person receiving this gift isn’t worried about your love handles or your hair…and, you might find, you aren’t either!
Have a great day!