For a long time, I seriously overestimated my body.
Somewhere along the line I got this crazy idea that I was born with a body that would allow me to do anything as long I took care of it. I knew about illness and disease, but in my mind some of them were caused by not taking care of the body and the rest by bad luck (the most horrible of which was of the “genetically predisposed” variety).
But then I got sick.
Little by little (and unbeknownst to me) my body began to fail me and then, quietly and unapologetically, it almost caused me to die. Talk about bad luck!
Obviously, I survived the ordeal and I think that my near death encounters are over (at least for the time being). Still, as I work to fully grasp the gravity of what I went through one thing that sticks out is that the effect the body has over the mind, extends beyond our awareness of the physical self.
People always say that “it’s all in the mind” and that “you can do anything if you put your mind to it”. That may very well be true, but our physical well-being also affects how our minds work and how we perceive the world. It isn’t enough to just go for a run or eat organic. We need to learn to hear what our body is telling us.
For a long time I thought I was just tired. Then my mind started to get tired.
Now my body is healing and I feel like I can conquer the world.