“I have a WHAT!?”
“You probably have an ulcer. It’s like a small hole in your stomach.”
“Yeah, but I’m 27. How the hell can I have an ulcer?!”
It was 2012, the day before I was getting ready to move to Ecuador for a month. I had just hired my first full-time team member for Nerd Fitness (Hi Staci!), and I got some news from my doctor after having stomach pains for the previous three weeks.
Now, I know there’s no TRUE evidence that says stress causes ulcers, but all I could think of was how stressed I had been for the previous few months: working 16-hour days, freaking out about the tiniest things, having absolutely no balance, etc. I had started Nerd Fitness to help people get healthy, and I was driving myself to an unhealthy existence.
It was a wake-up call.
Until now, I haven’t told many people about the ulcer – in fact, I’m not even sure I told my parents. Ooops, sorry Mom!
At the time, this inspired some serious self reflection: What was I doing? Were my priorities right? Why was I so stressed?
This all came back to me just a few weeks ago when tragedy struck a close friend of mine, reminding me what’s truly important in this big game we call life.