Posts tagged ‘being limited’
Ugh. Limits. I hate having limits. I don’t like knowing that I can’t do something. I don’t want to say no or ask for help. I don’t want to be that high-maintenance person that can’t eat this, and can’t drink that. But you know what? I DO have limits. I really can’t eat certain foods or stay up all late or drink a bottle of red wine with my girlfriends because I’ll get sick. Every time. Whenever I try to push my limits too far, guess what? I get sick.
The truth is, we all have limits. Some people can manage on very little sleep and function normally. Some of us can’t. My husband can go hours and hours without eating and feel fine. I miss a meal and I’ll get über crabby and then proceed to pass out. Limits can be imposed by our bodies, our finances, and even our fears. We all have them, but we don’t always actually listen to those limits and then we get into trouble.
I’ve always been the busy girl involved in every club, every sport and every social scene. I used to say Yes to everyone and then suffer through the consequences of exhaustion and bad food choices. I’m beginning to learn that it’s OK to say No. It’s OK to be particular about how I spend my precious stores of energy and be picky about what I put into my body. It’s OK to cut ties with people who only drain my energy and cause me stress.
I’m coming to terms with my limits and beginning to listen to my body, and instead of feeling like I’m missing out, I’m actually happier because I feel so much better without the headaches and nausea. Instead of my friends being irritated with me, they’ve been amazingly supportive. Surprisingly, everyone was fine with my limits but me! I’m going to continue to work on being gentle with myself and accepting my limits.
Is there anything in your life screaming out for you to stop? Do you feel “limited”? If so, how does that affect your life?