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The Challenges of Being Independent and Self-Sufficient

Updated: Oct 2, 2023


Some may or may not be aware that I had a recent medical scare, that could have ended very badly. I am thankful it did not. It made me realize that I was not “okay”, though that is how I usually answer the question, “How are you?”.


First, it can force you to confront the reality that you are not invincible. Even the most independent and self-sufficient people are vulnerable to illness and injury. A near-fatal experience can be a humbling reminder that we all need each other from time to time.


Second, it can show you how much your loved ones care about you and want to help you. When facing a serious health challenge, your friends and family are often the first to offer their support. They can help you with practical tasks like cooking, cleaning, and running errands. They can also offer emotional support and companionship.


Third, circumstances can help you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses. When you are going through a difficult time, it is important to rely on your inner resources. However, it is also important to be able to ask for help. A near-fatal experience can teach you how to balance your need for independence with your need for support.


If you are struggling to ask for help, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Many people find it difficult to ask for help, even when they need it

It is also important to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength and courage. It shows that you are able to recognize your own needs and that you are willing to reach out for support. This I have learned through my yoga practice and share with those who practice with me.

Please know that you are not alone. Many people care about you and want to help you. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support when you need it.

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