The More You Know, The Less You Know
In many ways I still feel like an 8 year old- from the way I eat popsicles in a mess, and spill things, to the things that make me laugh, and the way I walk on elevated curbs like a tight rope. It feels odd to be "adulting", now more than ever: studying to become a holistic reproductive health practitioner, launching a health and wellness website, and starting to embody my career...you know- really doing the adult thing. And there's this sense of impostor syndrome that creeps in, all the damn time really. Because half of me is portrayed as this ‘expert’, and yet I can't help but be so aware that the more I know he less I know. And in the same breath the more you know, the more light that is cast onto you- the longer your shadow.
I'm realising more than ever that we're not thing one thing- and it's really hard to express that on social media. Because we like to follow people who KNOW. We like our doctors to have answers to our physical ailments, we like our priests to have absolute faith, we like our politicians ready to fix everything, and we like our therapist to know what's wrong with our minds. We seek shelter in the absolute knowledge of others when it reality the other is just as much a human being, with their own shadow, capable of uncertainty and doubt.
We live in a society that preaches in absolutes, from the "best" diet to the only way to exercise. We blast our certainty into the crowd, letting waves of success ignite our ego. The reality is that nobody has THE answer, nobody.
The role of any individual in the helping professions isn't to fix you, their role is to empower you to fix yourself. They can shepherd you through the darkness, but ultimately you have to walk towards the light. Don't give your power away to anyone, not your doctor, not your therapist, not your guru, or your yoga teacher, not your partner, and definitely not me.
Let people's paths inspire you, let their achievements set the bar for human potential- but don't ever place anyone on a pedestal. We're all level on the playing field of life, and we all play an integral role in the microbiome of the planet. Just a bunch of cogs of the cosmic wheel.
Don't take anyone's word as gospel: question everything, especially your own beliefs.
Recipe for my nutrient dense fudgesicles HERE.