My definition of good health is a status quo of daily life free of indicators of illness. These indicators, or symptoms, could include sneezing, coughing, pain, or other discomforts. I sustained a knee injury playing hockey in high school. I would sometimes whine about it to my mother. She used to say, “When I was your age, I didn’t know I had knees!” I consider good health to be an absence of bodily distractions.
Illness, on the contrary, would be incidences in which a marked change in bodily function is experienced. Any break from this status quo could be regarded as illness. Weight gain could be considered as an illness, even if it doesn’t necessarily carry any debilitating effects.
I’m not entirely sure where these definitions originated, but I can take a few guesses. Throughout my life, both of my parents have been employed by the State in some capacity. Currently one teaches here at MSU and another at an elementary school in Okemos. I have always had very good health insurance and have never had to shy away from doctor’s appointments due to financial insecurity. Because of this, and being active in sports for so many years, I have grown to pay close attention to my body. I know when I am in need of some sort of medical intervention.
Old Age – Old Age, by my definition, can contribute to illness, but is not necessarily an illness in itself. As a person grows older, their body can start to wear out. But this is natural and something that every person experiences because of the stress of daily life, so I would not consider it an illness. However, there are illnesses that are associated with an older body, such as bad joints or Parkinson’s. These are specific illnesses caused by specific phenomena, so we can identify and treat them as illnesses.
Shyness- I would not consider shyness an illness, more of a state of mind. Although, it is something that can probably be treated through therapy and rectified. I suppose if it were to the point of limiting options for a person then it could be considered an illness, but i feel like shyness would probably be an indicator of a bigger problem rather than an illness itself.