E.E. Cummings was an American poet and novelist. He was born in Massachusetts in 1894. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University and served as an ambulance driver in World War I. He became a well-known and popular poet, even though his poetry breaks all the traditional forms, and doesn’t even use proper capitalization or punctuation. He died in 1962 in New Hampshire.
E.E. Cummings says: “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
I am getting close to the end of my 25th year of practice as a chiropractor. Twenty-five years means I have been on the path of wellbeing for a very long time. Right now, it’s cool and trendy to be interested in wellness. There are a lot of people who talk about wellness and share the message. And it’s mainstream enough that you might hear a coworker talk about drinking green juice for breakfast. Or a friend talking about their goal to drink more water. Or a family member talk about trying meditation.
But it hasn’t always been cool.
During the times that it wasn’t cool, it was hard to stay the course. I felt like I was the oddball, and it’s hard to keep sharing a message of wellness when everyone looks at you like you’re way out there. It feels like I’ve been pushing a boulder up a hill for a long time by myself. But I stayed true to what was in my heart, because it is who I am. For me, it takes courage to be who I am, but also there’s no one else I can be. Living a life of wellness and sharing guidance to live a life of wellness is a calling for me.
As E.E. Cummings says, it takes courage. Be courageous. Stand your ground and be who you are.