Like with the bungee jump, I never thought I’d be doing a Marathon. Anorexia made me feel hopeless, my self esteem was rock bottom & for many years my limits of myself was also really low. I’ve always said no & admired others who did marathons but I’ve surpassed my expectations already so why the hell not?! I want to inspire others that no matter what they’ve been through or not matter what stage they are in their life right now, if you work hard & dream big then doing the impossible, will start to become possible!
Before anorexia, I honestly thought life was a bit of a joke. I found school school really hard, I wasn't putting in the same amount of effort that others were & all my focus was on playing football & hardly ever thinking about my future. Mainly because I underestimated myself & didn't believe I was capable of anything.
But since meeting Joanna in 2016, a lot has changed and because of her I have much more open, positive & motivated mindset.Those days of underestimating myself, being afraid & not pushing myself to do what I feel is the impossible is are long gone.
That's the message I want to get across. In order to grow & develop, we need to be challenging ourselves, come out of our comfort zones and witness just what we are really capable of when we put out minds to it. We spend so much time putting ourselves down, believing that we aren't good enough & ultimately just settling with societies expectations to how we should live. Life is too short to be doing this and instead we need to believe in ourselves, embrace who we are & turn our dreams into reality.
Dream Big. Be Positive. Never Give Up. Be you ;) ;)
I will be doing the Edinburgh Marathon on the 26th May with the amazing Jack Jacobs who is also a Anorexia Survivor & is now going over and beyond with his work for Beat, inspiring others to live life with no limits. I really can’t wait to experience this, something that I’d never thought I would be capable of.
Being in recovery is one of the most hardest, scariest places to be in but let me tell you.....It is so worth it and once you get out of that black hole, you will not only look back with no regrets but you will become a much stronger, wiser person for it :)
Life is full of unimaginable opportunities & experiences just waiting for you to grab with both hands. Don't let your eating disorder win. Its taken so much of your life already. Don't do what I did and get to the stage of nearly losing your life. It's not worth it.
Please don't give up & KEEP FIGHTING!
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