We all have paths. Familiar ones that we walk or drive every day. They are so familiar, in fact, that when we walk or drive them in the opposite direction sometimes we momentarily feel lost. That is what happened to me today. I have walked the Bluebird Trail near my house so many times, that I can move with comfort over each hill and across each creek.
Today, I had planned a different route which took me to the opposite end of the Bluebird Trail. As I was walking back, all of the sudden I noticed a building-like object up ahead. I paused, wondering, “Wait, what trail am I on? That shed thing is not on this trail?”
I quickly realized I was just seeing the same swing set I always see, just from a different perspective. I laughed at myself.
While chuckling and contemplating how I could have possibly felt “lost”, even briefly, it occurred to me that this is the work we do at Realize Wellbeing. We walk back down the health and fitness path we have been tripping over for so long… we view the choices, the hurdles, and negative self-talk from a different perspective. At times we feel a little lost, then we laugh at ourselves, and we keep heading down the path.
People often ask me what they will “do” in our time together. When I tell them that we will change our perspective on health and wellness, we will laugh a lot, we will enjoy good friendship, and we will become healthier, they are often confused. The health industry makes us believe that we have to count calories, become foodies, run marathons, buy subscriptions, wear fitness devices, and be all in, all the time, in the name of wellbeing. I have found that this mindset has left most of us feeling incapable, anxious, and shameful about our inadequacies and extra pounds.
Don’t get me wrong, in our time together we learn a lot about healthy choices, nutritious foods, and exercises that can be fit into a busy schedule. But we also spend time walking back down the health path we have been directed down for so long that has not led us to health and vitality despite our most committed efforts.
I find that people quickly embrace this new way of thinking because they finally find that they weren’t wrong, or unworthy, or incapable. They simply had been handed the wrong lens with which to view their own journey. Let’s change our direction, shift our perspective on the path toward wellbeing and “do” something different.