“This is the true joy of life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
– George Bernard Shaw.
About 6 years ago, suffering with severe depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, OCD and undiagnosed ADHD, it dawned on me that I was regarding my meds as a failed magical panacea. I realised, out of the blue, that I needed to make more of an effort to get well again. I was seriously overweight and was doing zero exercise. I decided to go on a diet, lost almost 30% of my body weight (28kg/61lbs) and I started to run. To cut a long story short, I went from running a few hundred meters, ¼ / ½ a mile, to running a half marathon: euphoric elation! I felt liberated and empowered though it didn’t, at the time, fire up a motivation to run a full marathon. That said, a year later, that’s exactly what I did.
At the age of 52, I ran my first marathon in just over 4 hours – a year later, I ran another.
The key to getting better was appreciating and acknowledging that, as I’m always saying, “my meds don’t live my life for me, they merely allow ME to live MY life, MYSELF!” You see, “the meds allow me to function, the running (the exercise) allows me to live”. The meds are NOT a magical panacea – what they do is level the playing field but it is up to me whether or not I actually want to play.
In 2001, when I had a total collapse (cardiac arrest under the onslaught of depression and related conditions, and an almost lethal cocktail of prescribed meds), I could never have imagined that I’d get myself into the place I’m in today.
Even 6 years ago, I couldn’t have believed/envisaged it! But here I am – I wish I had known about life coaching all those years ago, though. I feel confident, I have a positive sense of self-concept, I feel liberated, freed from the chains of depression and utter fatigue. I feel empowered. Of course, the psychiatrists and the meds have played their part – that is for sure! – but I have also engaged in a ton of self-care, I have also expended a lot of time and energy on looking after myself.
I want, as a coach, to share the joy of living. I want my clients to feel the same sense of euphoria and peace of mind that comes with living an authentic life, a life in tandem with our values, a life in which our bodies, minds, hearts and souls are in sync.
Life coaching is, for me, my perfect space, both personally and professionally, it is the arena in which I can live my best life; I want to help you, support you, on your journey towards your best life.