A few weeks ago, I was sick with a cold and cough. During this time, my sinuses were so congested that I lost my ability to smell and hence and taste food. It was an interesting experience to eat and not to taste food. It was a good reminder of not appreciating what you have until you’ve lost it.
Think about the time when you sprain an ankle, rib or even toe. You don’t realise how often your body uses a part of itself until it’s injured. Whenever I’ve hurt my ribs, I am reminded of what joy it is to breathe fully and deeply without pain and how I take that for granted.
When I lost my sense of smell, I was able to observe both the good and bad of it. I missed the foods that I loved to eat and I enjoyed that I wasn’t able to smell the gross stinky stuff that I didn’t like. But with that, I also realised that life is a reflection of this. If I go through my life numb, perhaps I wouldn’t get hurt as much or feel the pains and aches. I would also miss out on the joys and the laughter and all the other emotions.
The worst times in life often are followed by the best. The worst breakups have lead to further understanding of who I am and what I stand for. It’s lead to strength through rising up or being picked up by friends and starting again.
Appreciate both the good and the bad times. Buckle up on the roller coaster of life and have fun screaming on the way down! Bring your friends with you and enjoy in the experience together.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.