I truly believe in life we are taken down roads which we can handle. These paths might have a lot of bumps, are smooth, or the path may be full of crossroads where you have to make choices which decides the new direction. As I write, I’m preparing for a new journey. A journey which will begin in a little less than two months: post-grad life, the real world, big-girl job time. Call it whatever you like, but all in all I expect it’s going to be one new adventure.
I’m excited for this new journey. I’m ready, and although there are so many unknowns, I must walk with the attitude, “expect the unexpected.”
It’s a lesson that El Salvador taught me, but one which I had lost sight of for a while because I was so caught up in anger and frustration of CRPS. Just like when I first went gluten-free, I failed to be present, to really go down the path that I was on, and to accept it.
We all go thru ups and downs when faced with a new challenge.
Sometimes it’s really not clear why certain things happen to us. Maybe you are going thru some health problems, maybe you are beating yourself down because you keep feeling like eating gluten-free is hard, or maybe you feel alone because important people in your life don’t seem to get what you are going thru.
I’ve taken lessons that I’ve learned with coping with my food restrictions and tried to apply it to accepting CRPS. However, I was angry. I couldn’t find peace, and started to focus on the can’ts rather than the cans. This was the complete opposite reaction I had when I went gluten-free.
But then I found peace, and began to see an attitude change.
Now having a clearer mind, I look back on the grieving that I went thru and say, “that was silly”, “why couldn’t you get pass it quicker” “that was stupid.” However, then I stop and remind myself it was part of the process, part of the path I had to go down, and another journey that has helped to shape my character.
When you are living with a chronic condition or constantly trying to prepare to ensure that you have safe food, its hard at times to embrace spontaneity. However, if there is one thing I have learned it’s that “it is in the unexpected moments that we learn the most.”
I hope you find peace. It’s one of life’s most beautiful gifts; whatever path you are finding yourself go down, remember this: