Embrace the Life that Works Best for You

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

January 15th, 2012 • Cancer Can Suck ItPrint Print

I’ve been internally beating myself up for being a homebody. My best friend is in town with her brood, and in the few weeks that they’ve been here, they’ve seen more sites and done more exciting activities than I’ve done in the, oh, year plus since I arrived. So I was feeling like a real schlub.

But then tonight, when I declined going to the art festival in town, I did it in a very conscious and positive way. What was more important to me tonight was shopping for awesome raw organic food, experimenting with cooking the food in delicious ways, cleaning my house, dancing, meditating, and otherwise grounding.

I remember that my best friend once said that whatever she was doing, she took on the attitude that it was exactly what she needed to be doing, so she embraced it whole-heartedly. Similarly, tonight I realized that there’s a reason I’ve been a bit of a homebody in the past months: I have a lot on my plate, and my #1 priorities have been healing my body and expanding my business. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

In the 1990s, I had a friend whose roommate had huge college loans. So she worked two or three jobs for a couple of years – with no social life whatsoever. But you know what? Two years later, she was debt free and able to live her life in a carefree way. Judaism teaches that it is better to walk the path that is rocky at first but smooth down the road, than to walk that path that is smooth at first, but rocky down the road.

So while it seems contrary to my innate social and curious nature, I’m embracing my homebody ways. I feel veryomfortable and happy in the life I’ve created for myself. I love where I live; I exercise in nature every day and see beautiful sunsets; I eat awesome food; I’m always increasing and implementing my knowledge about self-healing — becoming more informed and empowered every day; I’m meeting extraordinary people though my work – all of whom also on a self-healing journey; and, well, I’m tickled pink with where I am.

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