Think of all the things in your life right now that you want to do and can’t. Because of IBS:
Eat what you want to
Actually enjoy food
Eat without any bloating, or pain
Not have to worry about bathroom issues or flare-ups
Not have to wear a mask saying “everything is fine“
Actually be and feel fine
Go to a restaurant with friends and have a good time
Have a different job, or a different boss
To go on holiday and actually enjoy it – and to come back feeling energised
Have less pressure
Feel full of energy
Feel passionate about something – not just getting by
Wake up feeling completely rested
“I can’t” was the wall between me and all of that.
This was my list. I was 100% sure that all of this was out of my reach. It was not possible for me. It was possible for others, not for me.
Either I didn’t have enough money,
or I didn’t know how,
or my body wouldn’t let me.
And as time went on, “I can’t” became my middle name. I slowly walled myself into IBS. And everything I really wanted was the other side of that wall.
I felt I was really trying. I felt I was using the courage and little energy I had to fight IBS.
What I didn’t know was that I could play this differently. Like in the pyramid analogy.
I could choose to look for a different perspective, a different way through instead of “I can’t”.
“I can” is not just wishful thinking.
I can do everything on this list every day now.
I call this LIVING INSTEAD OF SURVIVING.
It is a difficult path I had to walk to allow that all to change.
If you are reading this blog, then you are smart. You have started asking yourself that vital question “How can I…? So keep going.
The answers won’t necessarily come overnight, but by asking yourself the question, and constantly looking for ways of doing this, you are opening yourself up to change.
Change is frightening – but it is the only way forward.