I thought I knew the recipe for a good life. My knowledge was True but Partial.
Didn't know it at 18, but in a couple years I would begin to learn by experience that there were other than physical good food and natural living that were needed to feel I had a good life.
I distinctly remember the first occurrence, I was walking to work from one end of campus to the other in the rain, and didn't know why I had tears flowing down my cheeks. I felt a sadness, so I racked my memory as to what could have caused me to cry. As I neared work I decided to stop the tears and put on a pleasant face, so my coworker wouldn't notice I had been crying.
The last 2 years of university were hard as I had times of sadness that I choked down, put on a smile, kept active and focused on my studies. The stress of it all resulted in being down a couple dress sizes by graduation. Mentally I felt I had no friends because I had not been able to share about my recurring sadness.
Knowing I couldn't go into the workforce as a newly minted college grad and continue in this condition of choked down sadness, I took a year off in a different environment. It was a good move in that I could physically rest, and did begin to recover from the burnout and constant sadness I had felt in university.
Much later in life I would learn about the concept of emotional health and that it is needed in addition to natural food and healthy living for a good life. Now with experience and tools, I wish I could have chatted with my 20 year old self . Had she been given a few tasks and a pile of books to read she would have fast tracked me to a much happier life 30 years sooner........
It can be hard to understand that all the knowledge we have at a given time can be True but still Partial for a successful life.
Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane & the Salt Crystal Cottage, supporting being healthy on all levels.