Recently I was discussing the way I eat with someone and they replied “Well that’s impossible! You can’t keep that up!”
I know that it wasn’t their intention, but it offended me.
Who are they to tell me what is impossible?
I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I realized it is what bothered me when other people would tell me that I just couldn’t be ‘perfect’. What is perfect anyway? I eat the food that gives me health, not takes it away. Why should that be seen as anything but sustainable and reasonable. I don’t think it’s about perfection vs. imperfection. There are tons of areas in my life if I were to use the same logic that would be deemed then as being “perfect” or “imperfect”. I perfectly execute not smoking or doing drugs. But no one says “wow you could never do that perfectly!”
I’ve been told many times by people that something I am doing is impossible. And I think in the past that has gotten to me. I think “they are right!” I could never do X. I’m not good enough, or worth enough to even try.
I did this with food/health a lot. When I was severely sick a lot of people told me that I could not possibly do this plant-strong thing, I could not keep it up, it was impossible.
And I’d let it get in my head.
But I’m worth more than that, and I sure as heck won’t let anyone else tell me what is impossible.
Because it’s not impossible.
As many hard days as there has been, there has not been one time that this has been impossible or not doable.
It took work -and it took breaking free from a lot of pleasure traps I had gotten myself into with food. But it was not impossible. And it’s not about being perfect or even aiming for that, I don’t like looking at it as perfect or not perfect, it just IS.
For me this is about how much I value myself, nothing more, nothing less. And I value myself A LOT. And I deserve the best health that I can have. And I’ve realized that is 100% on me, sure a few things play into it, like genetics and even personality. But still, at the end of the day this is all about how much I value my health and myself as a person.
The more I go through this life, the more important that has become to me. I absolutely will do this 100%. Because I want to, because I have the ability, and because I’m worth it.
I will not listen to any of those external voices saying that it’s impossible or that I should not aim to a higher standard, because they think it sounds difficult.
I’ve let those voices around me get me down way too much in the past, so no more.
The next time someone tells you what you are doing is impossible or too hard or not sustainable, remember that this is YOUR journey, not theirs. This is about you, not them. This is about how much you value your health and well being. Most importantly, you are worth it.