At thirty-one, I suffered from acute anxiety depression. Translation: the amount of stress in my life overloaded my ability to function. My mind snapped, and I was reduced to a blathering blob of human jelly – trembling uncontrollably and unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. I lost all sense of self.
While incredibly frightening at the time, in retrospect this a time of breakthrough. The black abyss into which I had fallen was a wake up call to re-examine my life. Obviously, the way I had been progressing was not working for me. I needed to regain equilibrium.
In desperation, I sought inspiration. I found it in one particular quote, whose author I have long since forgotten:
I turned to God when my foundation was shaking, only to discover that God was shaking my foundation.
Prior to losing my grip on reality, my life had been externally focused.
My oldest sister was dying of cancer, and opted to die at home, which resulted in my mother and I becoming her primary caregivers. At the same time, I had returned to work full-time in order to allow my then husband the luxury of finding himself career-wise. Ideally, the plan involved swapping roles, but his search led him to uncover an insatiable love for racing, and I found myself juggling work, childcare, and homemaking.
In response to the unhappiness I was feeling, I strove to better myself by enrolling in a fourth year French course at the university, and pushing myself to become more physically active.
In short, I had taken on way too much. I like to think God pulled the plug.
Alone in the bottom of my black hole, I discovered something miraculous – my faith. I hadn’t given it much thought before, yet, there is was, like a faint beacon of hope, drawing me out of my darkness. I realized that I did believe in God, and more than that, that God believed in me. My doctor offered long term drug therapy, but I preferred to take God’s challenge, and build a new foundation from within. A spiritual dialogue began.
Twenty-three years later, with the threat of the c-word over my head, I find my equilibrium challenged once more. I have not forgotten that God uses nudges as reminders. I need to find balance again. The dialogue continues.