So for the past two weeks, I've had shingles. For those that don't know (like myself), shingles is something you get when you're extremely stressed out. And it's usually mostly old people who get it. So, at age 26, with careers that I love, I'm mostly embarrassed to say I got it. To keep a long story short, I had a very difficult case at Centro Tepeyac, a pregnancy resource center where I help mentor men and pregnant girlfriends, and tried to take on more than I can handle. And my body took the hit.
I say this not to receive pity (shingles is known for extreme pain, I was fortunate that it wasn't that bad), but to share something I've learned---I can't do everything. If you're like me and want to do everything and everything well, please take this as a reminder. Especially if you're doing God's work, remember it's God's work, not yours. I had forgotten this. Remember to lean on others and delegate. Something else I'm still learning. Remember to healthily communicate burdens and not swallow emotion. I learned the hard way.
Getting sick is one thing. Getting sick for things you can prevent is another. Take care of yourself, everyone. Trust me, everyone's a lot better off with a consistently healthy, maybe seemingly less productive you. Not a super productive, but then falls-apart-later you. May we all remember it.
I ask for prayers for a full recovery from 90 to 100% feeling like me hopefully soon.