In 2014, Avril Lavigne, was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a very complex autoimmune disease. Honestly, I do not follow her as an artist and had no idea until I came across this article by E.T. today. The disease took her down for a while. What is quite awesome about her story is that hitting her bottom helped her come out stronger and make amazing and inspiring work. The video is stunning and the message is beautiful. From my perspective, she was able to share her emotions vividly. I felt them.

Life throws small, big, short, and lengthy curveballs at us. It is easy to wrap ourselves with pain, despair, hate, and so many negative emotions. Many people I meet do not realize they are trapped. It’s a fact that most people express their negative emotions and thoughts more often than that the positive ones. These unhelpful emotions are in social media, emails, text messages, media, spoken words, non-verbal expressions, and especially through incongruent actions–think, say, and want ” x ” but practice ” y “. Do you know anyone living under these circumstances?

This is real. It happens. It’s part of being a human. I am not perfect either. What I have been doing really well is to catch myself, stop, breath, evaluate, adjust my mindset, and proceed. High levels of stress can impact this process. Managing my stress has become a key priority for many reasons, including this one. I truly believe these bumps are signs and opportunities to better ourselves, to take us to the next level.

As a health and fitness coach, a fundamental all-in-one health pillar I help my clients with is mindset, values, outlook, attitude, and goals. Part of my job is to help people stay in optimistic throughout the journey, focused on making progress, remove debris out of their way by helping them implement life, health, and fitness strategies. Help them discover solutions while encouraging them to ‘see’ the positive angle of their hardships. Help them be part of the solution. Be part of their support system, one that is biased their short and long-term health and well-being. I am convinced that a healthy lifestyle is our ticket to living life to the fullest with more joy and fulfillment.

The way we react to these bumps in life is essential to good health. The quality of energy we allow in and out is essential to good health. The beauty is that you and I are in control of that part. Sometimes we need help to see and change. And that’s ok.

As you wrap up the year, I truly hope you are taking time to reflect, highlight and opportunities and growth and use of bumps and fortunes to plan for an amazing year.

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Lavigne, who co-wrote the song, explained the detailed inspiration behind the video in a statement to ET. “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die,” she recalled. “My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.'” Full article and video HERE.

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