I have a confession to make.
I don’t always practice what I preach; I don’t always walk the walk; I don’t always live up to my expectations.
And you know what?
That’s ok. Really. It is ok for me to make a living preaching about healthy food and healthy lifestyle and indulge in ice-cream once in a while or get terribly enraged at imbecile motorists during rush hour.
And you know why it’s ok?
Because I’m only human. And so are you. So give yourself a break; cut yourself some slack; let it slide.
We all have good days when we think we can change the world with our dreams, skills and ideas and bad days where we feel like giving up, laying in bed and calling it a day.
This duality highlights the beauty in the vicissitudes of being human. Without the anguish of pain you wouldn’t appreciate how amazing and transforming it is to feel truly alive and at ease once the storm has passed.
A healthy lifestyle is also made of a few bumps along the road. It’s call healthy for a reason – even in your body there is confrontation and discomfort before there is resolution and health (think of your immune system fighting a pathogen).
Whenever you deviate from the road you have in mind, remember that detour was actually part of the road. It got you to where you are. “Slips” are just as important and should be savored just as any other positive emotions you happen to experience along the way.
We are taught not to be judgemental of others but we are constantly criticizing ourselves.
It has got to stop.
Accept that adversities will come your way, you will mess up, eventually, and that things won’t go according to plan 100% of the time. And this doesn’t make you stupid, unworthy or give you the excuse to give up.
Dust yourself off and keep on going.
Be willing to feel the nadirs of your journey just as strongly and as openly as the summits and accept them for what they are – a few nuggets of wisdom in the plateful of life.