Have you ever avoided something, or anguished over a certain future unavoidable event, to the point that it made you unwell? Stressed beyond belief? Incapable of rational thought?
Has anyone ever told you not to go to a certain place, because their perception of it was simply base and unfavourable?
Well this happened to us, and we still went. And it was the best time of our lives.
Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge. One of the most beautiful places on earth ♥
Has anyone ever spoken badly about someone else to you, and painted a pretty crappy and shit picture of them to the point that you really didn’t wanna know the person?
Well, yes, this has happened to me too. Fortunately I give people the benefit of the doubt, in doing so giving certain naysayers no power with their hurtful words. Some of the most rewarding and happiest relationships come from listening to your heart and not taking heed of someone else’s words from their sad and displeasing life.
Has anyone ever told you about a bad experience they had… and said “it hurt like hell.”?
Well, yes. Yes this happened to me. And this person didn’t know at the time, but I was due to go through this exact thing. And it happened to me, today.
There is no greater realisation than when we discover that other people’s words, are just that… WORDS. Their experiences and points of view can be completely accurate and factual for themselves, and yet they can be so far from true for US, that it can be difficult to distinguish if at times, both parties went through and saw the same thing.
Went to the same holiday location.
Spoke to that same person.
Had the same awkward procedure.
Opinions can vary wildly, yet be completely accurate for both.
I was reminded of all of this today when I was delivered unscathed from just this procedure. I had built myself into the worst state possible, that I questioned why I was reacting and dealing with it all so horribly. Why? I had gone through worse! Was it the build-up? The not knowing what would happen? The horrible and endless possible scenarios?
Or was is the “it hurt like hell” remark?
I should know by now, really I should. This post is not just a gratitude post about all of my stresses about this day ending, but it’s a reflection and appreciation that all of our personal experiences, of people and places and things, vary so wildly, that honestly, it is perfectly okay if none of them are ever the same.
And that’s okay. That should make us feel better, not worse.
Honestly, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER take anyone’s words at face value, please don’t. They are them.
And you are YOU.
And today, I was ME.