Sunscreen and Being Prepared


photo of sunscreen on towel at beachThis weekend my family and I went on a motorcycle ride and I failed to apply sunscreen before we took off, leaving me with a few very odd looking red and purple spots on my hands. Over the past few days I’ve noticed clients glancing at the odd shapes on my hands that look like I was in some freak accident. Yes, indeed I was, I accidentally thought I didn’t need sunscreen and I was (painfully) wrong.

Most of us are very aware of the benefits of sunscreen and protecting ourselves from sun damage, wrinkles and potential cancer so I won’t belabor that point too much. Those of us in the lovely Pacific Northwest are likely also becoming familiar with the fact that a lot of us don’t get enough sun to produce optimal levels of Vitamin D. I’m not a doctor so I will leave you to search out the vast benefits and reasons why you need more Vitamin D. There is a careful balance we in the Pacific Northwest must make between getting our Vitamin D and staying sun safe. That said on this past weekend I made a conscious decision that bit me in the hands and arms. I mistakenly thought I would wear my jacket, in 90° heat, for the entire ride and therefore didn’t need the aforementioned sunscreen. Clearly I already had some form of heat induced dementia when I made that decision. For that reason I didn’t pack any sunscreen and wasn’t prepared to prevent these oddly shaped purple ovals on my hands. The ovals are from the holes in my gloves, in case you were wondering. Now I’m burned, in pain and answering the hesitant questions from co-workers and clients about my ridiculous decision to forgo sunscreen.

At this point you are likely wondering why on earth I’m blogging about my ridiculous sunburns so I will get to the point. Always be prepared! Even if you don’t think you will need something prepare for it anyway. Never underestimate your sun exposure, or any kind of exposure, be it physical or business related since you never know what exactly lies ahead. It only takes a few moments, for the most part, to look at the future and make an estimated guess then evaluate the likelihood of that scenario. What would happen if things went the way you planned? What if they did not? Could your business survive the consequences of that scenario? For example, what if you didn’t have earthquake insurance and the “big one” hit? How would you fix the building, replace or repair your inventory or machinery. How would you and your business handle being shut down for a month or more while repairs were made? On a more personal level, what if you put off purchasing health insurance for your family and someone got cancer? How would that news impact you differently without insurance? What kind of care would they get and how would they afford it? How would they afford the time off of work? Forethought and planning takes far less time and energy than having to deal with the consequences of the lack of action.


Take a look for areas where you have been meaning to prepare or are hesitant to address and get to work on it.


I would like to point out the importance of riding with the proper gear (helmet, jacket, pants, boots, gloves, etc). It might not sound like a big deal but boots can go a long way to save a foot or leg. Also, we all share the road, cars, trucks and motorcycles alike so please watch for us and we will watch for you. This is also the time when small children are outdoors running around chasing balls, riding bicycles and not paying attention to traffic so we can all use to slow down and take a second look while at stop signs and in residential, park or school areas.

Have fun and stay safe out there this summer!

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AUTHOR: Heather Torres
Employee Benefits Advisor

(360) 779-4448 ext. 8170

Heather is an employee benefits advisor, the promise keeper and main contact for the vast majority of our employee benefit clients. She has a talent for management, and a drive and passion for children. Heather is a wife and mother and loves being outdoors with her family.

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