Do you ever want to fast-forward to the end of a story without enduring the hitches and hiccups it comes with? That depends. A lot of us savor the suspense involved in a good book. Or the rise and fall of music until it hits its final note. But sometimes with our health and well-being, we can be more impatient about the course of events. We may secretly want health-related miracles to happen overnight without fully acknowledging the importance of going through what we’re uniquely going through.
It’s worth it to follow the full stories of our health and who
we are. Just because health may feel one way for a little while doesn’t
mean it won’t change. Sometimes you just have to let it. A symptom or
condition can become intricately entwined with how we see ourselves and
the potential we allow ourselves to have toward getting better. Changes
happen in people’s lives that affect them on both a personal and a
health level. That’s why the way that each person’s health story goes is
an example? Some people who have teenage acne will outgrow it as
hormones stabilize after puberty. But this doesn’t happen for everyone
and there are those who continue to deal with acne into adulthood. A
person dealing with adult acne may start feeling like they are “the
person with acne.” As in, wherever they go, the acne goes too. No matter
what beauty products they try, prescription medications, or homeopathy,
it can be very difficult to get rid of acne while being “the person
we have to rewrite our characters while trying to improve our health.
Where we see weaknesses, it’s worthwhile to support these health systems
and feel more strength. Whether we realize it or not, typecasting
happens a lot in health. But what’s to say that you can’t take more part
in determining how the story goes?
the person with adult acne puts a hand up to the typecasting and says,
“Talk to the hand!” Then he or she comes up with a plan on ways to
improve their skin tone. Maybe they refine
their skin regimen a bit, try and relax and reduce stress, and cut down
sugar and refined foods. Then the flow of this story changes a bit.
These techniques could all be ones that this person has tried before,
but with a different mindset toward improving the adult acne, the plan
toward clearer skin has a clearer route toward success.
with health, each of us has to start out by admitting, “Okay—I don’t
know the end of the story. But I’ll do what I can.” It’s okay not to
know everything. Hippocrates didn’t know everything about health either,
so we can let ourselves off the hook.
be willing to ride the story’s ups and downs. If life is about these
ups and downs, as we all know it is, then the story that health follows
for each of us will contain them as well. And that’s okay. We don’t have
to fast-forward to the end. Better yet, just go with it and play an
active part in how the story plays out.