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Process over Outcome

I’m incredibly grateful for the conversations I get to enjoy within these four walls – people are amazing, resilient & adaptable.


We are all on our own journeys, ultimately trying to navigate our lives with some level of comfort and consistency, while developing confidence & mustering the courage to embrace aligned opportunities as they arise.

 

If we can understand what we truly care about, what we deeply, intrinsically value in our life – we gain clarity of purpose, we embrace simplicity, we unlock knowledge and begin to identify the type of person we want to become – identify the type of life we would like to lead.


‘Why o’ Why’


I am a big fan of Simon Sinek – he is probably the first person/writer who helped me to truly understand the idea of ‘purpose’ – the importance of identifying ‘why’ we choose to live our lives the way we do. He has written a lot of books, delivered incredibly inspiring talks and speeches & if you haven’t dedicated some time to listen to his words – this is your sign to check out his work!


Most of my life has been centred around health – perhaps a ‘purpose’ that started as a necessity and developed into a passion, but either way I am a firm believer that ‘Health is Everything’. My life

 

When I was growing up, all I wanted was to enjoy life the same way my friends appeared to – but the reality was that my life and day-to-day needs were different – not the same – pretty much every child’s worst nightmare.

 

Living with Cystic Fibrosis, and in a world without gene modulators (really effective medication – scientific breakthrough of the century type job that I have benefited from since circa 2012) my days were very different to my peers. I had to get up early to take nebulisers before school, I had to bring medication with me to school, I had to take nebulisers after school, I had to exercise & do my physiotherapy in the evening time and the one more nebuliser before bed.


This was on repeat for more than 20 years – it was pretty relentless.

 

But to be honest, I rarely recall feeling sorry for myself, I rarely got too down about it, I didn’t fall into the ‘victim’ mindset all that often. There were definitely moments of pure, utter heartbreak – missed events, hospitalisations, fear about the future & sadness about reduced life expectancy but my overriding memory of growing up was simply living in the process, accepting that my routine was hard, but understanding from a very young age that my alternative was a hell of a lot harder.

 

Upon reflection, by focusing on the process (daily routines), instead of focusing solely on the outcome (life expectancy) was the only way I was ever going to enjoy my childhood & have a desire to explore my potential in many areas of life.



I will never say I am grateful to have CF, that is disrespectful to the many families who have had their lives torn apart by this illness, but I am grateful for the lessons it has taught me & continues to teach me.

I am grateful that before a world of inspirational quotes telling us “It’s about the journey, not the destination”, my parents managed to instil this lesson from an early age.  

 

Why am I sharing this?

***Well, I might not – I have a lot of stories, lessons and reflections written that have never made it beyond my personal journals or beyond those Wolfhound conversations I value so deeply but two of my missions in life are to be helpful & to promote health. I like to think I do both to a point, but I want to more, I would like to have a broader impact.

 

Health is everything, and unfortunately it can take experiencing poor health before we truly, deeply understand that. Sometimes it’s too late or time runs out, sometimes you’re given a lifeline, a second chance.


Maybe sharing my thoughts & experiences can help one person make a decision today that will positively impact their physical, mental or emotional health. Prioritise it, build the habits, focus on the process and trust that the outcome will take care of itself.

 

So, if you made it this far, this is your sign – do the workout, eat the nutritious meal, put the phone away & get outdoors, drink some water, read something by Simon Sinek – just do something that positively impacts your health.


It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it.

Katie x


DISCLAIMER - I wrote the bones of this blog a few months ago - I had a great chat with a great guy today, and here we are! Grateful.

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