On day 61 of my 366-day self-care challenge, changing my mind was my focus for the day.
Twenty years ago, this was me. I was just weeks away from high school graduation, and would soon be enrolled as a pre-med student at Kent State University. And I thought that was the path I would stay on.
But that all changed the moment I took my first nutrition class. Something shifted within me, and I felt an undeniable connection with food as medicine. Armed with the knowledge that there is real power in the choices we make about how we care for ourselves, I knew that I wanted to focus on the preventive side of healthcare.
As it turns out, changing my mind would happen again and again throughout my life, and I suspect that’s true for most of us. And that’s because changing our mind about how we see the world changes how we experience it.
Sometimes I think we forget that we can change our mind any time we want to. We may think we know what we want to do, have, or be, but one conversation or experience can change everything.
How many people do you know who have made career changes after devoting nearly a lifetime to a job they didn’t love. And why shouldn’t they? We can change our mind any time we want to.
Changing our mind can be a form of self-care, in that it leaves us open to exploring new possibilities.
After all, we’re multi-dimensional beings, and our life’s purpose doesn’t have to be limited to just one thing. All of us possess a multitude of unique skills and gifts, and we can choose any number of them to share with the world.
Is it time to change your mind about something?