I’m a real sucker for symbolism. That’s why I couldn’t resist this gorgeous puzzle piece necklace. Every time I look at it, it reminds me how the fabric of our lives fit together like puzzle pieces. We might not always realize how our life experiences will fit together but, eventually, we will collect all the required pieces and see the beautiful picture that we’ve created.
I love my life, but it took me time to get here. Like many other people, some of the “puzzle pieces” that make up the story of my life were hard won.
As some of you may know, just under 20 years ago, I had a horrible reaction to Tetracycline, a standard antibiotic. It played around with my brain chemistry (a rare side effect) and triggered a severe anxiety/panic disorder that left me virtually housebound. For years. More or less overnight, I went from being a very social, high-achieving student to someone who had no idea how they were going to come out on the other side of an unforeseen disaster unscathed.
Life is meant to be lived. I have become more and more steadfast in this conviction with every passing year.
As some of you might know, I had a severe reaction to a standard antibiotic when I was 14. One of the rare side effects of Tetracycline is that it has the ability to play around with our brain chemical levels. In my case, this resulted in a severe anxiety disorder--one that was triggered within a mere 36 hours of being on the medication. 😕
As I struggled to heal my body from the effects of the Tetracycline, I recall first denying myself opportunities out of fear that I would have a panic attack (...and embarrass myself in public, which was a significant concern at the time 🙄...) and then because I felt unworthy and like I didn't deserve joy.
A vital component of my healing journey came from re-evaluating my belief systems and replacing them with healthier models. Not only did I do everything within my power to re-establish my physical health through diet, exercise, and other he...