I am not sure where this saying came from but it became a mantra when my friend and I were on our way to hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. We were in Isla Vista California where we owned a Pita Pit and while having a fun night out on the town we decided on a whim that we would head north and hike Half Dome. We woke, feeling less than 100%, and realized we were totally ill prepared to go take on a 16 mile hike with nearly 5,000 feet of elevation gain. We decided to go for it anyway. Being slightly dehydrated we started living by, hydrate today for tomorrow, in hopes of actually making it to the top.
The saying for me has taken on a twofold meaning. The first being quite literal. Obviously it is important to drink water and most of us do not drink enough of it so on some level we should always be hydrating for tomorrow. While I don’t really think about it daily I most certainly have it on my mind when know I will be doing something physically demanding the next day or in the coming days. This isn’t something where you want to start chugging water but to make sure you are not dehydrated as you lead up to the day. I recommend looking more into hydration techniques if you are interested. Maybe I will do post about that down the road but I am in no way an expert on the subject.
The second meaning for hydrate today for tomorrow for me is as a metaphor for planning for the future. While preventing dehydration and planning for that is great that might not be enough for what life throws you. I attempt to keep myself prepared mentally, physically, financially, etc. for whatever life throws me. I don’t this by training like a freak and working out eight hours a day but by eating fairly healthy, exercising regularly, relaxing before I hit a boiling point, and not over extending myself financially. Obviously life is unpredictable but avoiding being behind the eight ball is a good start. Everyday there is a tomorrow so keep hydrated!