I took this picture on this exact day, six years ago. I got a notification on my phone this morning to look back at it, and I was immediately reminded of the emotions I was experiencing when I took it. This was taken when I began feeling extremely frustrated over the quality of my health. I was already physically active, but I was trying to clean up my diet.
I felt trapped and restricted. It’s relatively easy to add something beneficial to your routine, or quit something you don’t need. How do you get around eating? You need food to survive, so you have to navigate your diet. I felt like I was battling my desires constantly. A year later, blood work would show that I was close to being pre-diabetic - even at a “normal” BMI, and with all that exercise.
Today, I’m reminded that those small steps years ago have brought me here. Lesson one: focus on what you can control. Stop making excuses for yourself within the realm of possible choices. Yes, your situation is likely challenging in some way. But only YOU can control how you react. You DO have a choice. Choose wisely.
I’m grateful not just for the fact that I began moving toward living healthier. I’m grateful it brought me to this moment in time. This past year, I conquered huge physical and mental challenges. I’m on the path to medical school, and my hope is to be able to bridge the gaps that exist in healthcare.
So I didn’t know it in the moment I took this picture, but that frustration was a seed from which my entire life would change. Lesson two: I think emotions serve as guideposts - they shouldn’t control you, but may direct you where to go. Mine did. I hope yours do too.
What challenging emotions are you experiencing? How do you navigate them? Are there any “negative feelings” you previously had that you’re currently grateful for? - 3 hours ago