I can be stuck in my apartment with a debilitating illness AND I can connect with people.
I can have my own struggles AND I can support others in theirs.
I can be sick AND I can coach.
Today I am overwhelmingly thankful for the fact that the parts of each of these statements can coexist and live together in harmony.
I’m thankful for this revelation and for the incredible people who helped me realize that it doesn’t always have to be one or the other…sometimes, even when you least suspect it, it can be both!
And perhaps most of all, I’m thankful for the fact that it is giving me the courage to make this formal declaration that I am sick AND I am training to become a life coach.
I’ve been shy about announcing it to the world, fearing people would respond in accordance with the old saying shared with kids who are home from school with a cold or the flu, “If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to ___.”
They might think, “If she’s too sick to be able to drive, be out in the world, be independent, be at work, then she shouldn’t be taking an 8 month training program.” Or worse, “If she can participate in life coach training over the phone, then she must not really be that sick.”
But I am here to say that I don’t have to be one or the other, I can be and do BOTH.
In the face of so many things that I physically cannot do, it feels good to celebrate the ANDs, the things I CAN do in spite of the challenges and in some cases, dare I say, because of them.