When we do what we are good at, we feel useful. When we feel useful, we feel validated. is a giant roller coaster, but doing what we love to do as much as possible will make it easier to handle the uphill and fast downhill transitions.
What you love may change from day to day, week to week or year to year, but that is okay. Trusting and understanding that we are always changing and evolving as people is part of the process. For instance, a couple years ago I was really into endurance sports.
I ran half marathons, competed in half ironman triathlons and rode century (100 mile) bike races every weekend. The process of training for such grueling events was rewarding to me, so I trained every day.
I found immense happiness in participating in these events. Setting a goal, working towards it, pushing my body to extremes, and then competing with thousands of other crazy athletes and getting a new medal at the end of each race were all parts of the fulfillment. Then one day, it wasn’t fun anymore. It became a chore, and I resisted it. At first, I tried to overcome my resistance. I was so confused about why something I loved so much was all of a sudden so hard to do. Then I recognized that it was part of my journey, a phase. That chapter of my life was just that, a chapter.
The current chapter that I am in still involves eating and being healthy, but not training for any event. I experienced those things and they helped pull me out of a depression. For now, I have to be okay with that being in my past and stop trying to make it my present. For awhile,
I kept signing up for events, not training for them and then missing the event. I was trying to be someone I no longer was or no longer could be. I outgrew that stage of my life. There is no telling when and if this love for endurance sports will return, but I recognize and appreciate that it had its place and time in my life.
The same thing applies to relationships and living circumstances. Not all relationships are meant to last. Each person, job, home, etc. that comes into our lives is there to help us, enlighten us and fulfill us at that particular moment. But we change. With every new person we meet and interact with, we also evolve.
The same thing applies to your health. Taking care of your health is a contact but the method and professionals you see may change. It is okay to change doctors an dentists, says Doctor Roane, a West linn dentist.