Sometimes it takes someone to ask you a question, to make you realise just how far you have come.
It’s been almost 8 years since I left the US as an inpatient for anorexia.
But it has been 8 years of unbelievable growth.
I was asked this week, what it was like to return to London after being away for so long, and I had completely forgot the loneliness that I felt.
I was desperate to stay in the place that had become my safe space, my community, my home where I felt understood.
But staying in your comfort zone eventually means you stay stuck in limbo.
I continue to learn and grow every day. I find new things out about myself all the time. Recovery from an eating disorder is not just about gaining weight, it is about gaining a life. It’s about finding your meaning and purpose…your identity without your eating disorder, and about connecting with authentic relationships…with yourself and others.
So as you step into the weekend, take a look back at where you have come. What have you learnt this week about yourself?
All of us…regardless of what battles you have overcome, are just trying to do the best we can.
Give yourself a break, realise your achievements, no matter how small or irrelevant you think they are.
Don’t wait for someone else to pat you on the back – give yourself one.