*This is a guest post from Angela of DIYHealthBlog.
Sometimes life hands you poop. Sometimes you can’t poop. Sometimes both happen. I know from experience because I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome at the age of 28.
At the time I thought this was a tragedy, especially when my doctors told me there was no cure for it. I plunged into depression, anger, fear and a victim mentality.
I wondered why this happened to me?
In hindsight this was the best thing to happen to me. I was heading in totally the wrong direction in my life and it took my gut falling apart to bring me in line with my true destiny.
The pity party ended when I realized I had to take action. Pain was very motivating. I started practicing yoga for stress relief and it became my “gateway drug” to personal growth and natural healing. I also made some drastic changes in my life that wouldn’t have happened if my gut hadn’t hit rock bottom.
I left my party girl lifestyle as a New York City journalist to move to San Francisco, where I focused on my health and began my self-healing journey.
It was a crazy road full of so many dead ends. I tried Ayurveda, acupuncture, the Candida diet, energy healing, massage, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, colonics, the raw food diet, and even chiropractic with little success. Most people would have given up but I refused.
It took me 6 years of trial and error to finally find my healing solution, and I’ve been completely symptom-free for 8 years. And along the way I discovered my passion for healing.
Less than a year ago I took the scary leap of starting my own business to help other people heal their digestive issues.
I have never been happier.
When bad things happen it’s easy to become negative and fall apart. That’s ok as long as you pick yourself up to discover the lesson you need to learn. I believe the universe has our back but sometimes it communicates in unpleasant ways, especially when we refuse to listen.
There’s always a growth opportunity in adversity because it plunges us into discomfort.
And because we are already mired in discomfort it makes it so much easier to make those uncomfortable changes or decisions we’ve been putting off or repressing. It’s an opportunity to take risks you wouldn’t normally take or do things you thought you weren’t capable of.
When something bad happens simply ask yourself “What am I meant to learn from this?” Most likely you won’t get the answer right there, but you will open yourself up for guidance and direction that takes you where you’re meant to go.
Have you had a bad experience that has brought growth or improvement to your life? Please share in the comments below.
Angela Privin’s love of Do-It-Yourself projects includes her health. She was able to completely heal her Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosis with nothing more than the right food, rest and supplements. She is Chief Superhealer at www.diyhealthblog.com where she inspires and teaches people to take their health in their hands! You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.