When I first met my husband, he was fresh off his first trip to the Olympics as a downhill ski racer. It was 2006 and we were both in our early twenties. At that point in time we both had no idea that he would race in three more Olympic games, and that we would be preparing for those games together as a team.
Before living through the past two years, I certainly took my mental health for granted. I posted quotes about positive thinking on the regular, and I generally lived my life with a glass half full attitude. I don't think there is anything wrong with this type of thinking. But it does miss the mark when it comes to improving outcomes for anyone who has experienced a mental health challenge.
They always say that you don't truly know what to expect from motherhood until you've lived through it. This is definitely true of my experience thus far. It's better than I thought. It's harder than I thought. It's more all encompassing than I thought.
If you've ever looked at your running shoes gathering dust at your front door and thought 'I don't have the energy for a workout right now' then this post is for you.
If you've ever watched other people in your life exercise regularly and thought 'how on earth do they have the time?' then this post is for you.