Welcome to Road to Zest and thank you for joining me on my journey. This post is all about what made me decide to start this blog.
Watching my journey unfold
As I was going through photos a couple of weeks ago, I saw my recent journey unfold. In the first photos I saw a healthy, fit and busy newly-wed athlete. And then I saw myself looking weaker as things progressed to the point of being unable to tolerate all but 8 foods and becoming housebound. Finally, I saw myself starting to look healthier again and able go out more.
Sounds pretty straightforward. But apart from that, there was something else going on.
Feeling angry at my past self
I looked at the healthy photos and felt like I was looking at someone else. A person who I was slightly angry at if I’m completely honest. I wanted to reach out to that person and tell her “Hey – why can’t you stop worrying about all the insignificant things and realise how lucky you are? How much you have. And how loved you are.”
And as I saw myself at my weakest physically, I saw that somehow – despite the moments of feeling really low (and I won’t try to deny that they were there and that they were very real) – I did in fact worry less about all the insignificant things and started to really appreciate how much I have. And how loved I am.
Learning to just be
And I also started to learn to just be (as I like to think of it). Just be me. Just be here. Just be in the present moment. Just be, without thoughts and worries. Without thinking about what I could be doing if I wasn’t here. What I need to do later, tomorrow or next year. And just enjoy today, this moment.
A second chance at life
So that changed everything for me. I really feel I have been given a second chance at life. This time round with much more appreciation for all the small but essential things. I feel so grateful and blessed to have found the help, support, love and guidance to reach this point. It would have been impossible to get here on my own.
Helping you to follow your happiness path & rediscover your zest for life
And I’d like to share my journey in this blog in the hope of helping you to live a happier life wherever your journey may take you. I also hope that my blog might help to raise awareness about mysterious/chronic illnesses similar to mine and about the treatment programme I’m following, which has been life-changing for me. if I could help other people find a way to overcome what I know to be such a devastating and debilitating impairment, it would make me feel that every step of my difficult journey was worthwhile.
Question: Have you ever passed through a difficult time but realised that you learned to appreciate things more because of it? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
PS – Should you wish, you can read more about my health journey here and about the treatment programme I’m following here. If you want to know more, you can subscribe to receive updates via email at the top of this page. You can also contact me via e-mail or follow me on Facebook.