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Sensi Magazine November 2019 - Coachella Valley Digital Edition

Oct 31, 2019 11:03AM ● By Doug Schnitzspahn

In the health and wellness world, you often hear the platitude: Live Your Best Life. If only it were that easy. Most of us are simply doing the best we can. But when we hear those words, we all want to strive to live better lives, no matter how cynical we get about the cliché. 

Platitudes can be obnoxious, especially when they make us feel pressured to block out the negative in our lives, but they do ring with truth. Many of us suffer from medical and mental issues—hip dysplasia, nagging depression, PTSD, insomnia, the list goes on and on—brought on by the constant demands of our lives in the modern iWorld. Many simply suffer from conditions for which conventional Western medicine has no easy answer. And, yeah, this all keeps us from “our best life.” 

While editing this edition of Sensi, I was inspired by entrepreneur Kimberly Dillon, who has truly sought to find ways for people to overcome the trials of our bodies and live unencumbered by afflictions doctors find difficult to treat fully. Dillon’s a cannabis pragmatist who has earned the right to sling around a few platitudes, since she is so busy finding ways to help us, yes, live our best lives. And we can. 

I woke up this morning to the devastating news that a friend who had been battling colorectal cancer passed away. Tate MacDowell was a dedicated family man, and a skier and a surfer. In the midst of his battle with the disease and treatments, he climbed Wyoming’s Grand Teton along with a friend who was battling the same disease. The story of their climb is documented in Teton Gravity Research’s film Mountain in the Hallway. The Grand Teton called to them, and they were not going to let the limitation of a disease eating through their bodies stop them from enjoying the full potential of their lives. Tate reminded me that all we can do is live out our passions and care deeply about those close to us during our brief time on this planet—and that love is all we can leave behind. Learn from them: Live your best and only life. 

Doug Schnitzspahn // [email protected]

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