26 Mar What’s Your Life Path?
A large percentage of us are not in our ideal life situation right now. We are experiencing problems with our health, relationships, family situations, dealing with past trauma, and career or financial problems.
There was a time when I was completely discontent with my life situation too.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but I built my own trap and locked myself in it. I created a career path and life situation for myself that was leading towards anxiety and depression. And the financial pressures I placed on myself kept me there, unable to escape. (at least that’s what I thought)…
This situation also impacted my relationships, and my health due to the negative attitude I was developing.
Then came my defining moment, when I was resuscitated back to life in ICU at Concord hospital.
I checked myself into hospital one Sunday evening due to an irregular heartbeat that was making me feel very uncomfortable. (severe anxiety was my self-diagnosis).
My memory is patchy from that night, but I remember waking up from a jolt of electricity from a defibrillator machine bringing me back to life after being clinically dead for 3 minutes.
I wasn’t experiencing anxiety. I had a cardiac arrest.
I say that was my defining moment, because after this happened, I had to make a series of big decisions.
The first big challenge was to decide on heart surgery. I had a glitch in my heart that could be fixed if operated on. Or, I could manage my condition with medication for the rest of my life. The heart surgery was the surest guarantee for me and I could avoid meds, so I mustered up my courage and went for the surgery. Twice.
My recovery was more of a discovery of myself. It was long and tough physically, and tougher mentally and emotionally. I took 3 months off work to heal. And in that time I realised my life wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I wasn’t living a fulfilling, joyful life. I wasn’t contributing the way I knew I was capable of. Instead, I was banking up annual leave hours so I could escape my rat race reality, and get as far away as I possibly could, both physically and mentally.
I interpreted my health troubles as a very important message from my higher self, guides, angels, or something greater than I can understand.
The message was clear. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us. So today we have to make the most of our life.
And with that idea, I started to build my dream life. One that would bring me health and longevity, joy, inner peace, and make a positive impact on the world.
This was my next big decision. I quit my high paying, stressful career to pursue business ownership in the fitness industry.
When I was creating my dream life, I kept recalling the time I was in the cardiac ward of the hospital. And I was surrounded by all of these men and women getting ready for, or recovering from some type of heart surgery.
And what stood out most for me was that most of the people there could have avoided the whole situation with a higher quality lifestyle. Better food, more exercise, loving relationships, less stress.
And I thought about my life, and what I could have done to reduce my stress and increase my joy.
And that’s when I went to work on my new life plan. To be a part of the health and fitness industry, to apply and educate myself on nutrition, exercise, psychology, natural therapies, and longevity. And to create a space where people can enhance their lives through our programs, workouts, and personal training at SQ1 Fitness.
The first step to change starts within. My inner peace and health is where the journey began for me, and where I believe it will be for everyone else too.
From this change the most amazing thing happened to me. All of the resistance I was facing in my life disappeared. It’s as though I’m swimming with the tide now, and before I was swimming against it.
And I think it’s because we all have a life path. And if we’re not on path, we get resistance. When we’re on path, we get cooperation and flow.
It reminds me of the great Bruce Lee quote about water.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
So today I’m sharing my story with you to inspire and motivate you.
To evaluate and consider your current life path, and what you’ve created for yourself up to this point.
Tomorrow doesn’t have to be the same as yesterday. But it probably will be if you don’t take control and decide which way is the best way forward for you right now.
Start with your health. Eat better food, exercise more regularly, read thought provoking books, live from your heart, reject negative relationships, embrace loving ones, turn off the TV, take chances, stand up for yourself, love yourself, make your life count.
Have a great day!