The Straight and Narrow and Unexpected Doors: How IBD Affects our Goals
Goals are funny things. Some people know what they want out of life from an early age, while it takes other people time to figure themselves out. Some people have known that they wanted to go to medical school since they were five, while other people change their major 7 times in college. Even though we usually have an idea of what we want our lives to look like, experiences that we have along the way may make us look at ourselves, others and our lives differently.
The different perspectives that are given to us by our experiences have the potential to change our lives in a few different ways.
- The experience that we are having can re-motivate us to stay on track to achieving our current goal.
- The experience that we are having can alter the goal that we had for ourselves entirely and help us see something that may be more suited for us.
Crohn's disease interfered with my goals
In my personal experience, being diagnosed with Crohn's disease has definitely messed with the goals that I thought I had for myself. At the beginning of my journey, I thought that I wanted to be a Registered Nurse. Now, I know that I'm not the right person for that job and have found a whole other avenue that is of interest to me. I would have never found my passion for holistic health, wellness, and nutrition if I didn't have Crohn's disease, but this path is definitely not what I had planned for myself.
Some of my close friends have also become re-motivated to follow their current goals of being in the healthcare field, due to their experiences with IBD. The kindness and compassion that they received from the medical professionals that worked with them during some of their worst times made a lasting impact and lit a fire within to continue moving forward towards something they knew they always wanted to be. The perspective they have from being an IBD patient will only help them become kind, compassionate healthcare workers and they may have never found that perspective without a Crohn's disease diagnosis.
IBD can shape and inspire our goals
Whether living with IBD has inspired you to move forward towards what you always knew you wanted or opened up a new door that you weren't expecting, it is important to be aware of how living with these diseases affect our goals and dreams.
You may have wanted to be in a certain job industry forever, only to find out that it no longer interested you after you got diagnosed.
You may have realized that getting diagnosed only reinforced the idea in your head of what you wanted to do with the rest of your life.
Either way, living with IBD affects how we think about our future goals. It also may take us longer to get to where we want to be due to the nature of our diseases, but that doesn't mean that you aren't supposed to get there eventually. Take things one day at a time, continue working hard (when you're feeling good and able) and always be on the lookout for unexpected doors. You never know where they might lead.
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