It’s the last day of the month, the last day of the year, the last day of a decade. In the shadow of the first day of the month, the first day of the year, the first day of a new decade. A perfect time to reflect on what has been, what is, and what will be.
Every decade brings it’s celebrations and sorrows and this decade was no different. But aging from the 40’s to the 50’s is a turning point for most people. I took for granted that I could push my body and it would do as I requested, even to the point of abusing it.
No more. Falling out of trees from my childhood, car accidents from my teens, habitual stress from adulthood … it all caught up with me this decade and I ended up with a chronic pain diagnosis.
But that was not the end of the story, it was just the beginning of a new chapter. The title of the chapter dating from 2010-2019 is “Exploration.” I broke down and I wanted to fix it and make it better for years to come.
And that’s what I did. I delved into holistic manual medicine (osteopathic bodywork), I started using essential oils, I did a make-over of the personal care products I used and paid attention to labels using the EWG guidelines, I worked on naturally balancing my changing hormones, and I completed a gentle heavy metal detox that lasted a few years.
I was in this for the long haul and although I tend to be an impatient person who wants quick results, I decided to notice the small changes over time. What type of changes have I noticed?
The chronic pain is gone (although I still have residual aches here and there).
I can think clearer and remember better.
I haven’t been down for the count with a cold or the flu for 5 years (no flu shots either) and yes, I can feel a sore throat coming on but my body just takes care of it and it’s gone after a good nights sleep with no other symptoms.
Stripping off the clothes hot flashes are almost gone.
And the most surprising change came after I invested in coaching and energy work … the ever present hum of anxiety in life stopped. That low level fight-flight stress reaction underlying everything in my life dissipated. It’s amazing to feel time expand and to have joy bubble up.
I’m entering 2020 a new me, feeling the wonder at what amazing things will happen, having a new capacity to live with change, being willing to share what I’ve learned with others, and wanting to just enjoy this new decade.
Just like the metaphor of the photo, reflections create a clear path to follow if you take the time to peer into them. Have you taken the time? Could you make the time? Would you? When?