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Why Do I Have Cramps More Than You?


Bringing up cramps, you could say growing pains. At least that's how they've been working for me. I think I was supposed to direct this publication in the menstrual direction, even though the evil genius pulling the strings behind the scenes will never admit that... Being a dude...I just don't think I have the needed koala-fications to walk through that shadowed valley of literary death. My second thought was to compare the leg cramps my coworker and I have been b*tching about after our disc golfing trips lately..


But I will circle back around to how I can relate this to not only my current life journey but recovery, as well.


I haven't kept it a secret that along with my recovery from SUD(substance use disorder), I had an extensive physical recovery running parallel with it. I gained 200lbs, had lost most of my physical ability to do..anything really, and lost 99.9% of the leftover hope for life my substance use hadn't yet taken from me. There was a SERIOUS need for healing and growth in a few different densities. Mental/emotional being one, and physical being another. Both of which came with growing pains, pangs? Pains? Who even actually cares, I'm using pains for this blog, or cramps...Whatever.


"There was a SERIOUS need for healing and growth in a few different densities."



Every time I'd hit a milestone in recovery, SUD recovery or physical, there would be a cramp dropped into one of those dimensions of my journey. It could be losing someone because of a boundary I had to put up, or pushing through cravings while trying to exercise disciplines that were completely new to me, or actual physical pain in my muscles trying to gain back the ability to live a "normal" life again. With every win, there was a bitter-sweet attachment. But the one thing always stayed the same, was even though I lost some things, or people, or just had to readjust to a new life...it was always worth it.


Another thing I take away from all this is something Big-J from the ole Bible taught. Sometimes, to measure if what you're doing is right, or if you're on the proper path.. You look at the fruit you're bearing(what's happening in your life because of the new actions you've decided to make). The man Himself said that if you're being persecuted for your beliefs, that's a sign you're doing the right thing. There's quite a bit more to all of that, I just reached in for the part that reflects my point here.


"Every time I'd hit a milestone in recovery there would be a cramp dropped into one of those dimensions of my journey. It could be losing someone because of a boundary I had to put up"

Basically, to wrap our time here up, what I'm saying is this: if you're trying to do the right thing but still experiencing "cramps" that could be a good sign. Always take that queue to have a moment of self-reflection. But don't be afraid to have gratitude for the tough times, "cramps", that arise. They could really just mean you're doing exactly what the universe has had planned for you all along.


Have a great week everyone!


Bye!

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Corey Winfield
Corey Winfield
Aug 16, 2023
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Good blog Mitch!


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