Ever have one of those "duh" moments?
So... this might seem a little off-topic but stay with me.... When I was a baby, every time someone gave me whole milk I threw up. My mom had told me this at various times throughout my life. Usually in reference to, "I always told them don't give her milk or she'll throw up, and every time- they gave you milk."
Later, in junior high, I developed the most terrible tummy aches. Went to the doctor, and was diagnosed as lactose intolerance.
As the years went by, these symptoms went away and I slowly built a love for greek yogurt and other yummy things.
And then a weird thing happened. I stopped eating dairy regularly. At first, I wasn't even sure why. And then, every time I had dairy I began to notice I would get an itchy throat, and watery eyes, and start to sneeze....
These are symptoms I had off and on for years as "allergies" and they had gone away... and now they were back... but only when I ate dairy...
I told my mom "Weirdest thing- I think I might be allergic to dairy!" She said "that doesn't surprise me at all!" I looked at her shocked... why wouldn't she be surprised? I was surprised and confused.... and then she reminded me of my history with milk.
Yep, she had to remind me, because I had forgotten.
Are there certain experiences or things you have to try over and over again before you realize they just aren't working for you? Are you stuck in an old cycle of denying the truth... that maybe, just maybe (through no fault of your own) something in your life just doesn't jive?
Sometimes it just takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what does and does not work. And you know what, I think that is ok! I think what is interesting is that if we aren't paying attention, if we aren't listening closer to our body- we can miss some really important information that can make life go a bit smoother.
Counseling can sometimes give us this great window to explore and identify what does, and does not fit in our life in the here and now.