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    They Never Told Me Growing Up Would Be So Hard

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park cactus garden

    This week I got to pretend to be a model for my boyfriend’s portfolio! More about him below…

    Let me start from the beginning…

    Taking back my health has become a lifestyle for me. After overcoming most of my symptoms, I now get excited to spend my time each day exploring how I can be even healthier, and have even more fun with it.

    The process has made me very introspective. I am constantly observing how I feel about where I am in life emotionally, mentally, physically.

    It’s a little exhausting, but fascinating, too.

    This past week has been all about change – what it feels like at it’s most extreme – and how to be okay with it.

    I don’t know about you, but I had one of the most stable childhoods one could ask for. I lived in the same home in a quiet neighborhood for 22 years.

    My “growing up” happened a little later than normal. I stayed with my parents until about age 25 because I couldn’t work in a 9-5 job or take care of myself on my own.

    Now I’m 3,000 miles away from that place where I lived for so long, and from my parents who are my best friends.

    I’m getting to see and do really fun things that I’ve always wanted to do – like go on weekend camping trips to the desert and be a model (even if it’s just pretend).

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park

    But sometimes I feel like I jumped off a plane without a parachute.

    I’m in a transition period.

    We’re all always “growing up”, but right now I’m going through a particularly painful phase of it.

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park cactus garden

    The Real Dilemma

    What is actually happening is that time is marching on. And I’m old enough now to see what real change feels like. I can never go back to the comforts of my childhood.

    My parents have moved on to a new home and so have I.

    When things feel uncomfortably different and life throws challenges at me, I get scared, and all I want to do is crawl back to my parents.

    But I know that won’t bring me the comfort I am craving because I can never go back to how things were.

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park

    We all have to find a way to be comfortable with where we are right now.

    That’s Life.

    I’m still working on it, but for now I’ve found two things that do make everything feel very good…

    Taking care of myself and taking care of my relationships.

    Because “at the end of the day” (and I know you’ve heard this before) all you really have is yourself and the people that you’ve gathered around you along the way. 

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park

    The Solution

    So, I’m taking back my health this week by taking care of myself. I’m getting back into some old habits that used to nurture me (by the way, has anyone found a good synonym for nurture yet, I’m sick of that word already!).

    I’ll be starting to spend more time alone – yes, alone. This was always a part of my day that energized me.

    I am a true introvert.

    I usually walk, or window shop, or go to Griffith Observatory and stare out into the beautiful view.

    To take care of my relationships, I am going to take more time to call and connect with my friends and family that I don’t get to see very often, but who bring me a lot of joy.

    I’m very lucky to have found a man here in this new place who takes care of me and encourages me to follow my dreams like no one I’ve ever met before. He has an indestructible spirit and excitement for life and I’m so lucky to have him in my life. It’s a new experience to have to take care of this relationship, but it’s a wonderful one.

    And most importantly, I’m going to remind myself every day how grateful I am to be loved and to have friends and family to love.

    Those are the people who give me continuity in the midst of so much change, and I need to stay close to them.

    How About You?

    What do you need to do to take care of yourself? What do you need to do to take care of your relationships?

    Do share… leave a comment below. We can all use a little inspiration from each other!

    Keep taking back your health,
    Robin

    robin shirley photos by taylor brooks at joshua tree national park cactus garden

     

    Photos by Taylor Brooks Studios

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