Growing Pains: "The Uksit Shoe"
Texting my husband on Sunday afternoon…
Me: Babe, I just vomited 3 times in the past hour. Nothing is staying down...can you bring me some mint tea, please?
Hubby: Yes, love. I’m heading home right now. Is everything OK?
Me: I have a huge headache and my tummy hurts :( This baby growing is kicking my butt.
Hubby: Rest, ma. It’s going to be OK. I’ll be home soon. Do you need anything else?
...10 minutes go by...
Me: Sorry, was vomiting again :( Nothing else, babe. Just tea.
Hubby: Kk. See you soon. Love you.
...5 minutes later…
Me: Candles! Can you bring scented candles, please?!? The STRONGEST ones you find. Everything I smell in this house makes me want to throw up.
Hubby: OK, I’ll bring those too.
Me: Thanks babe! And, um...do you think it’s OK that I have my nose in this jar of Vick’s Rub??
During the past 6 months, I’ve experienced everything from migraines and nausea to ligament and joint pains. In the midst of all the discomfort, a child is growing inside of me - what a miracle! My body is being stretched beyond its comfort zone; I’m experiencing an increase or decrease in hormone levels; and my diet has changed to accommodate another human being. During this whole process, I’ve learned one major lesson: All growth requires some level of pain.
Maybe right now you find yourself at a stop sign, contemplating all your options before making a decision towards positive growth. It’s in our human nature to look for the easiest route - the fastest way to get to our destination with the least amount of risk. But the truth is, there are no shortcuts to sustainable growth. All growth requires some level of pain, and if you aren’t painfully stretched during the process, then you’re not growing.
Take exercise, for example. Remember your first workout class? Day one, you walk into the workout class and expect you’re going to get your money’s worth. Halfway through the class, you’re drenched in sweat and you’re starting to feel weak (maybe even nauseated). When you wake up the next day, you feel sore, but it’s manageable. Come day two, the soreness is almost unbearable. It hurts to get out of bed, walk down stairs, and put clothes on. What’s taking place is a tearing and rebuilding of muscle, which is making you stronger! So the bottom line is that you can’t build muscle without experiencing pain.
I challenge you to chase after a better you! Don’t be afraid of growing pains. Growth is an essential part of life, and without it, we are stagnant, immature individuals. The pain is a confirmation that growth is taking place and will be a constant reminder to us that we’re fighting to see our goals accomplished. Once you cross the finish line, every ounce of pain will have been worth it and you’ll be better prepared to run your next race!
Each post is named after a pair of "fictitious" (for now) shoes. For this post, I chose the name "Uksit," which means “growth" and "evolving."