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Beautiful and Intact

I try to get out for a daily walk. A walk with the only purpose of keeping fit. A walk where the destination is home. It doesn’t matter how long I take. It doesn’t matter which path I walk. Just as long I as enjoy myself.

I love walking when it’s warm, even if the sun only comes out for an hour or two. I enjoy feeling the suns warmth on my face and how energised I feel afterwards.

Yesterday, I decided to walk a bit further than usually and take a different path. I decided to walk past this old tree. The tree must have been there for over 50 years. It was tall, roots that visibly spanned 5 metres, it had beautiful green leaves, and looked like the kind of tree out of a movie where the character is thinking about something or reading a book.

So yesterday, I was the character, and I was thinking about something. This tree had been in the same place for over 50 years. It remained standing through floods, fires, storms, bulldozers, and deforestation. Along the way it has lost branches, leaves and roots and yet, it still looked beautiful and intact.

When I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, it felt like a huge storm had hit. I had been knocked off my path, and I had to rebuild my life. I had to find my purpose and self again. But just like the tree, I have come out beautiful and intact.

Next time, you are walking to the train, bus or your car. Stop for a second. Breathe in. Feel the sun on your face or the rain on your skin. Look forward. It doesn’t matter what you face along your gluten free journey, even if it takes time, you will come out beautiful and intact.

Image Credit: Hanako

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