A Self-Righteousness Guide?

It’s my life goal to become a guide, leading people towards their best life possible. This is my calling, my reason for getting up everyday and something I feel passionate about. I strive to inspire people to make lifestyle changes that move them away from the burdens and ills of stress and towards a life of joy.

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I have a learnt a great deal in the last few years since my burnout. I gained a lot of self-knowledge – what works for me and what I needed to change in my life to live a life of joy. I also gained knowledge in a multitude of areas including thyroid and adrenal health, as well as the science of happiness. I’ve learnt about deliberate practice, gratitude, awe and willpower. I’ve learnt about grit and how to become a successful giver without burning out.

Learning is one of my top strengths and I will continue to invest in my own growth and development for as long as I live. I love to share what I have learnt in the hope that others can gain and enrich their lives. I think we often learn through the stories of others. Sharing knowledge, however, can be tricky.

There are those who don’t want to know about aspects of their lifestyles that are harming them. People don’t want to hear that they’re not getting enough sleep or that gluten is worsening their thyroid disease. I am quite cautious when it comes to discussions such as these because I’m aware that everyone needs to buy into the changes they want to make in there lives and it is completely their choice as to when or if they change.

I would never have made the life changes I’ve made if it weren’t absolutely necessary. But I wonder how much better life could be if we were willing to look after ourselves properly. I feel fantastic after I get enough sleep. Waking up naturally, knowing that I’ve had about nine hours feels incredible. I’m able to function fully and to tackle any challenge. It’s such a pity that we resist sleep and we find many other pressing things to do instead of going to bed early.

People need to be ready to make the changes they want to make. But the trouble is that I’m so eager to share what I’ve learnt. I know that I can come across as self-righteous in my attempt to share what I’ve learnt. I certainly don’t have all the answers and my life is not perfect. I just get a little overexcited to share what I’ve discovered.

I wish that someone had told me that I was wrecking my health and my life. The burnout I experienced robbed me of so much. I lost my sport, many relationships, my health and my income for years. I am still not completely well and I wish I could rid my body of the disease I developed from stress. I wish I could go back in time and tell that Kathy that she’s an idiot. She’s chasing success and pushing herself far too hard.

I thought I was invincible. I thought limitations were only in the mind and that I could push beyond all physical setbacks. I thought that I would always be without chronic illness. I often see people on a similar trajectory and I want to be that person who didn’t tell me where I was headed.

But it’s not always well received. I know that people are all on their own journey and perhaps it’s unfair to rob people of the learning that comes with such a health collapse. I did learn a lot and I know that I would not have changed my life so radically had I not become so ill. I needed the total and utter destruction of my life as I knew it, in order to change.

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Please forgive me if I come across as a know-it-all. Forgive me for wanting to help and wanting to prevent the level of suffering I endured. I don’t mean to offend or to annoy anyone. I’m just eager to reduce the suffering in the world. And it is sad that not everyone is ready to hear it or ready to accept that it’s possible to change your life.

I would love to be the person who is responsible for others living lives to the full. Imagine a world where people are fully rested, and are eating healthy food to the point where their bodies are functioning almost to perfection. Imagine the productivity and creativity that would unfold in a world where people operate like this. Imagine the reduction in crimes of passion, road rage and violence if people were healthy and happy. Imagine a world where millions of people stop taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication because they are healthy and happy. This is the world I strive to create.

A world like this needs us to change our habits. We need to get more sleep, drink more water, exercise, meditate and eat healthy greens. We need to engage in healing – our bodies, minds, emotions and our souls. We need to face our traumas and to heal. We need to be present, in the moment and tell our loved ones we care. If I could get a few families to shift in this way, I would have succeeded in my life’s work.

I aim to guide people towards their best life possible. What would yours look like?

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Kathy
I am a champion for living your passion. Writing is my passion, my destiny and my calling. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and a wife and live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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