Lent starts today and with that my wonderful endeavour.
I have been mulling this blog over in my mind for far too long. So out with the old in with the new. Thanks to a little push of a wonderful friend from long ago I will follow the lead and take the plunge.
This blog will be dedicated to mental health, overcoming your own boundaries, detoxing and freeing yourself from what is keeping you from pursuing your dreams. It is supposed to inspire, motivate and push you in a good way. Better yourself, educate and help.
I myself have struggled with my share of mental health problems from OCD, GAD, Body Dismorphia to Depression. This is not an easy topic for a blog, as it feels a bit like a striptease of the soul. I do realise this will take some courage and need lion heart to see this through. That being said – this was the reason for the mulling rather than the doing. Being careful and a safe player does not make for an interesting life. Mostly you regret what you did not do, not the things you did that went wrong or at least that pertains to me! So I will take this challenge.
You will be joining me on my own personal journey.
Where is the wolf?
I feel a bit like Litte Red Riding Hood heading into the dark forest. I know there are wolves in there just waiting to rip you to shreds. For me, this is a conviction I feel strong enough to face, which I would not have been a few years ago. With the internet, social media, we have all learned we can all have an opinion and voice it, which I agree. However, this does not mean it should be unreflected like this is often the case nowadays. Every post or comment should be considered the person’s mental well-being and the effect it will have. First and foremost the questions should be “how would I feel?”. So the only thing I command is respect. Everyone is different and that is good so.
How would I feel?
Do I? Do I not?
For the last 7 years, I have done lent sometimes better, sometimes worse. This year I will give fasting a go again and see how far I get. I feel close to my old self, really motivated and disciplined. I strongly believe that fasting is good for the soul. It clears your mind and detaches you from your carnal needs of your id. Forces you to push past boundaries and enhances you in ways you would have never imagined. I can smell in the bar if someone is eating chips on the other side of the room. I become the sleuth. I always find all my other senses heightened. You realise how time-consuming food is. Starting with the thought what will I eat, to preparing and then the final act eating. I love the feeling of discipline and reward you get from pulling through. It also helps with depression. Please do not fast if you have eating disorders or have had them previously and always seek medical advice beforehand. I will use lent to detox and follow it up with my healthy eating plan.
Forces you to push past boundaries and enhances you in ways you would have never imagined.