When I was younger, I thought Poppy, my grandpa, had the coolest job in the world. He was a radiologist which meant he knew all about bones and breaks. He was a doctor who helped people without the blood and gore of surgery. I thought, That’s what I want to be when I grow up.
Poppy was so smart and kind, and he always encouraged us to get healthy naturally whenever it was possible.
I didn’t grow up to be a radiologist. I didn’t even grow up to be a doctor. I studied art and history, and I loved every bit of it! The quiet attraction to anatomy and the body never completely went away though.
Lately I’ve been hearing that our passions can change throughout our lives, and we don’t have to pick just one. What a relief. I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my life up to this point, and I don’t feel silly for wanting to pursue an interest that has nothing to do with art or history.
Hormones have always been a struggle for me — cramps, acne and mood swings. A few years ago when I was in grad school, everything came to a peak. As a 22-year-old student, the acne was embarrassing, the cramps were debilitating and the mood swings begged me to quit every month. I tried medicating and eliminating everything in its turn, but in the end it took cutting everything out, starting a careful regime of supplements and living as healthfully as possible so that my body could heal.
The changes and newly acquired self-knowledge have been empowering for me. My skin is clear, my cramps are more than manageable and my moods are stable. The best part is that I got here naturally. I am so excited about this, I’ll talk about it to anyone who will listen.
Twenty years after I let the dream of becoming a radiologist go, I can’t say I think it’s the coolest job in the world. I do think that anatomy is fascinating though, and I love the body’s ability to naturally heal itself. I’m shifting the focus of my blog to wellness so that we can create a community of women who work towards health by learning about and caring for their selves — body, mind and soul.
If you’ve been following me, you’ll notice some things changing:
- I will post more frequently and consistently. This month, I committed to blog everyday with BlogHer and NaBloPoMo (I’m still not sure if I am totally crazy for doing this).
- If you’re really perceptive, you might notice that the menu bar has changed. I’m simplifying things! I’ll be writing about different aspects of wellness — body, mind and soul — but you’ll find them all in one place for now. The home page.
- Finally, you’ll see the subject matter has changed. This blog started with a focus on creativity. I still think creativity is so important. In fact, it falls under the “mind” and “soul” parts of wellness. I just couldn’t limit myself to that facet of health anymore. The bones are calling ;).
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