Do you feel trapped or free?
Free was definitely my pick of the two when I was a kid. Going on holiday with friends, experiencing new places and meeting the new people in them, new things to do…my life was a daring adventure, and the world was my oyster!
Then, somewhere along the way, things changed. And I started to feel trapped.
Specifically, I can remember being upstairs in my office at the HQ of our 3 osteopathic clinics and looking out at the sea down below me (the view from my treatment room was exquisite!) in all her vastness. And in contrast I felt like a part of me was suffocating. This was despite the beauty of the stunning archipelago in front of me, and the satisfaction I felt inside at having created the clinics of my dreams.
I’m sure this ‘stuck’ feeling was related to the 100-hour weeks I was working, and the way I felt I was still dancing to the beat of someone else’s drum, even though these were my own businesses I was running.
I knew in my heart of hearts that I was unraveling.
I believe many of us ‘fall apart’ when we force ourselves to solider on with our life-ladder up against the wrong wall.
Once we wake up and realize this, we can either continue trudging on, wearing ourselves down, or we can choose something different. Once I opted for the ‘something different’ option, it was scary for me, and seemed to take forever for any changes to actually happen.
Now I’m a few years down the track, my LifeStyle Freedom is non-negotiable. I simply wouldn’t trade it for anything.
So, if you can relate, maybe for you or someone you know, what will you choose – or what have you already chosen?
Sometimes, we can end up following the ‘right’ path of getting an education and getting that dream job, only to realize that it’s not the right path for us after all. And that realization bit is important. And as with all things – it’s our choice whether we opt to wake up or not.
In “Leaves of Grass,” Walt Whitman writes, “dismiss whatever insults your own soul”.1 I love his handy reminder!
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.