Life didn’t hand me lemons last week. It pelted me with ghost chillies. The kind that make your eyes water, take your breath away and make your heart pound a thousand times a minute.
My granddaughter was admitted to hospital with encephalitis, which triggered her epileptic seizures. I was terrified and functioned for most of the week on adrenaline and very little sleep. When she finally went home on Friday, the reality of it all hit me like a ton of bricks. The constant state of fight or flight that I was in subsided and left me feeling exhausted and emotional. I can only imagine how my son and daughter-in-law felt.
Why am I telling you this? Because while the people we meet in the gym, at the shop or at work might appear fine on the outside, we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.
I didn’t feel 100% present in my classes last week and while I didn’t kill anybody, I was certainly distracted. To those of you who supported me throughout this, who allowed me to walk out of a class to rush to the hospital, and who checked in and sent good wishes and healing vibes into the universe, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I was again reminded of how important it is to have a support system, a network of friends, family and, in my case, amazing clients, who can help you get through anything.
Here’s what I learnt this week:
– Our friends and family are there to support us. Use them as sounding boards, shoulders to cry on and punching bags. They don’t mind.
– Accept offers of help. Life is hard enough as it is. Why struggle alone when people are willing to help?
– If someone else needs help, lend them an ear.
– Never give up.
– Fight for the positives in life.
I did it. You can do it. We can all do it together.
I see my studio as a support network and an extended family. A place where everybody can connect and encourage each other and, most importantly, offer help when we need it most.