I had planned to post a completely different blog but at the last minute I swerved and decided to write something related to Remembrance day instead.
Hearing people’s stories is emotional, they’re often devastating and I wonder how people got through a war like that, not to mention another world war 20 years later. The truth is they didn’t have a choice did they, they had to endure whatever came their way. It’s that endurance that fascinates and humbles me now.
On the face of it, on paper, many people from that era surprisingly have lived or are living long lives. I know that so many didn’t make it through but I’m thinking about those who did. There seem to be have been so many factors against them:
- Immense levels of stress over a long period of time
- Extremely poor nutrition
- Grief and loss
- Fear, anxiety and depression
- Separation, loss of their home and belongings
If I listed each thing, it would be endless. So how does someone who lives through all this stay strong enough- mentally, emotionally and physically, to live into their nineties and hundreds? It’s unbelievable and almost seems illogical.
This endurance suggests mental energy being drawn on to keep going through all of the above, plus illness, post traumatic stress disorder and loss. If they weren’t at their strongest physically because of illness or malnutrition, they must have relied on mental strength? Spirit and strength of spirit of course is another factor! It’s making me think hard about the strength we all have inside of ourselves that we too could draw on if needed.
Emotional and mental energy uses up a staggering 70% of our energy reserves each day.
All the thinking and feeling we do outweighs the physical activity we use our bodies for. It’s madness, I couldn’t believe that when I read it. I’m reading about it now, finding the bits which I can share with you and try out myself without verbally diarrhoea-ing out a science journal. So it’s coming, and something tells me this is a key factor to understanding how to generate more energy in ourselves.
Today is also motivation for me to live the best life I can because I have the chance that so many people didn’t back then. I guess it’s a way for me to honour what they gave up. This blog is a way for me to find ways to do that…
In the meantime, I’m sending my deep gratitude and respect to all the men, women and animals who faced danger and death and grief. Thank you xxx
I hope you all have a good week with plenty of happy moments and please do let me know what you think about what I’ve written.
How are you living your best life? What makes you happy?