THE VERSUS SERIES: Fault vs. Responsibility
True story: I almost fainted during a recent hike--multiple times. Here's why.
For 18 months, I have been taking prescription medication that was supposed to help me with some anxiety issues that I've had for years. I found out about a month ago that this same medication was responsible for the 20 lb. weight gain, extended moon cycles, and chronic fatigue I had been experiencing. It was damaging my thyroid gland every time I took it.
When I first found out, I was mad. But even more than that I was hurt, I wondered how a medicine that was supposed to help me, had ultimately led me to feel...worse. But after I got mad, I started thinking.
It really wasn't up to a pharmaceutical company to help me be healthy or to help me make the right decisions for my body. I realized that while my weight gain was not my fault, losing the weight and getting healthy was absolutely my responsibility.
So I decided to make some changes, I went back to work out. I started to enlist the same routine that I had some months ago when I had more energy. And do you know what? In the last 2 weeks, I've lost 4 pounds. I've also done some research, and found 2 healthier (natural) alternatives to my prescription. All because I took responsibility! Now, keeping up this new plan is bit exhausting, because my body is totally not used to it anymore. So, that's why I almost fainted. However, the mental strength that I am rediscovering is priceless!
The truth is, there are lots of things that will happen during the course of your life, that may or may not be your fault, but ultimately, you have to figure out how to take responsibility for changing them. At the end of the day it really doesn't matter whose fault it is.
Your greatness your responsibility.