My ulcerative colitis has taught me that there are times to tough it out, and there are times to take a break. I probably learned this lesson in the biggest way this summer, when I had to stop training for my Half Ironman . In endurance sports, and in life, there are times when you feel like you’re at your limit, but you’re not. You’re being a wuss and it’s time to pull on your big girl (or big boy) pants and get it done. There are also times when you really do need to take a step back. So how can you tell which situation it is? Take a tiny step back and be completely honest with yourself. If you listen really closely, there’s a nagging voice telling you the correct answer.
My ulcerative colitis has taught me the value of surrounding yourself with good people. I am so lucky that I can say, “I’m so sorry, but I just can’t tonight,” or cancel plans last-minute when IBD strikes and my friends don’t question it. Even though I know my friends who don’t live with Crohn’s or colitis won’t ever really understand, they are understanding, and that makes all the difference.
These girls rule. So do lots of other people in my life. You know who you are. (Photo: Becky Hill Photography)
What about you? What life lessons have you taken away from less-than-stellar situations?