During a recent trip away I had a light bulb moment. That life is very much like a plane ride. That on the ground before you board you are in your comfort zone, you feel safe and not threatened (unless you are anything like me, a small town country girl in a chaotic city sanitising everything you touch). As the plane is boarding you might be seated next to a stranger and find it awkward and uncomfortable. As the plane starts on the runway you feel every little bump and jolt from the ground beneath you. As the plane gets faster and faster you feel your heart rate increase and plan for takeoff, not knowing what lies ahead. As the plane leaves the ground you feel your tummy drop, ears pop and experience some level of turbulence until all of a sudden you are floating, high enough up that you now have a birds eye view of the world beneath you and then you soar through the clouds.
A very different perspective of the world you are used to. Life is like that too. You have to go through ‘turbulence’ or the uncomfortable stages of change (judgment of others, breaking bad habits, setbacks, believing in yourself or whatever that might be for you). Although most people would like to live life high in the sky they aren’t willing to embrace the challenges/fear that comes along with rising to the top and achieving success. I learnt a very valuable lesson during this trip away (although it’s obvious, hearing it come out of the mouth of people I idolise in my industry was a much more real experience). The lesson being even the most successful people/speakers still get sick, still question their worth, still get pressure from their inner critic/mean girl and still have what feels like endless challenges to overcome. However the one thing they have in common is that although they experience all of these things they still choose to show up *every*single*time*. They put in the work and just put one foot in front of the other. In a sense they embrace their ‘turbulence’ not fear away from it so they can live a life beyond the clouds. If their ‘plane’ gets thrown around from the wind and has to land they just get back up, fix their wings and start their engines and do it all again.
Sometimes we feel like we are the only ones who experience these feelings of not being good enough, smart enough, popular enough, educated enough or powerful enough however we are all humans and this is just a normal human experience. It is so important to tell yourself every damn day that *you are enough* in every aspect of your life. We are all in control of our own life, even though we cannot control all aspects of our lives we can control how we react to the things that get thrown our way.
It is time, to board your plane, strap in and enjoy the ride even through the turbulence. With the turbulence comes valuable lessons and it’s up to us how we choose to view these challenges. As failure or that you have learnt a valuable lesson which has allowed you to grow? That’s your choice. Happy flying.
Big love Meghan xx
I am passionate about sharing my health journey in the hope it will help others improve their health. Instead of taking 10 years like it did to me it is accessible now! I have a bachelor of Public Health with Majors of Nutrition and Health Promotion. I will soon be undertaking an Integrative Health Practitioner Certification.