Last week I went away to Devon for three days, completely on my own! It was fabulous! It was a working holiday, but was so lovely to have no time commitments, no one else to look after or think about other than myself, to have an ‘office’ in the sun by the sea.
I felt very brave, as it’s the first time I’ve been away completely on my own. Whenever I’ve been away on my own before, I’ve always been on a course or with friends in the day. So it was very freeing. I did lots of walking and meditation by the sea and overcame my fear of walking on a sea wall with a sheer drop to the sea! I even rebelled from my old rules and got not one, but two tattoos!
Dream and believe. Dream, believe, Achieve are my three core pillars when coaching and also how I live my life. And no, I’m not getting Achieve tattooed on my chest!! I represent the Achieve! I dreamt I could recover from fibromyalgia and cfs despite being told by doctors that I would always have them. I only achieved this fully when I believed I could. It wasn’t easy, but once I started changing for the better, I wanted more.
If you keep doing the same thing you get the same results. So if you start changing and get positive results, you want more positive change.
Anyway, after a fab time in Devon, I was about the get petrol so I could start my journey home and suddenly, like a bolt of lightning, my car was ricocheting forward, having been hit from behind by another car. I was so shaken, I couldn’t even remember my insurance company! I burst into tears, i hurt my ribs, back, shoulders and neck, have been exhausted since and completely lost my confidence in myself and driving. I realised how lucky I was on my way home, when I was stopped in traffic at an accident and saw lots of ambulances. Lots of my old thought patterns, worries and lack of confidence appeared. I obviously have the tools now to stop those and rose back up. I tried, but I wasn’t ready to come back up fully until I had found the learning from this accident. And I needed a little help from a friend.
So what have I learnt, realised? It made me realise how lucky I am and that life is too short – so all those things I want to do but haven’t, I need to JUST DO IT! It made me realise that I do rely on support, despite liking to be independent. And that I am lucky to have supportive friends and family. It made me realise how far I have come- I used to live in that overthinking, worrying world and I’m not sure how I coped like that all the time- although to be fair, I didn’t know any different at that point! It made me realise that things can change so quickly, that you have to seize the day.
So my message to you is not to wait for an accident or some other trauma or awful thing to happen to make you realise all these things, just do what make your heart sings all the time. Follow your heart and your gut and do what feels right to you in that moment. Because life really is too short for ‘what ifs’ or excuses. Do it now!!
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