We have started our journey end of July 2019. That means we have been on the road for about twenty-six weeks or about half a year. In all that time, all four of us have never been sick. No fever, no cold, no nothing.
I, Karin, have always been the healthy type. But I remember getting sick in the first two weeks of the new year – regularly, every year. Right when it was time to start work again, my body would develop a fever and force me to stay at home.
I knew then already what the reason was. Not a virus. Not being exposed to too much cold (which is a hoax, anyways). No, I was just not ready for the pressure of the daily routine at work. For getting up early and coming home late. So my body would react. Getting sick is handy: Nobody dares to question the reasons. Not even yourself, if you do not want to.
Marian felt the signs his body would send him even more: In his stressful days, his stomach ached on a regular basis. His heart palpitated. He was in a bad state of health, until he finally decided to quit and start a journey towards himself. Finding out what he really wants to do with his life. It is a result of this inner journey of his that we are where we are now.
Luca and Lou also regularly got sick while going to school. It was the same story: Whenever the pressure at school was too big, whenever troubles with other schoolmates came up, whenever there was fear of something, their bodies would react with a cold or with other symptoms.
What do I want to say with this? It is not that we all should quit our jobs or leave school. But that we learn to read the signs our body sends us, that we learn to understand his language. Inner stress is the real reason we get sick. Something has gotten out of balance. Only then, the virus you caught can make you sick. If we have to courage to be honest with ourselves, our life and health improves. At least, this is what we have experienced.
Have a happy and healthy 2020!