I'm a therapist specializing in infertility and adoption. I could go on and on about why I'm writing here, but here are the basics:
- I've dealt with both infertility and adoption
- I feel I've navigated both waters pretty well (and about a year of time when I was adamant child-free living was for me)
- I'm convinced that helping others is precisely why I had to experience the heartbreak and difficulty
Once when I was hiking I stopped to marvel at the beauty of a tree. Harmless, right? Eh-hem. Here were my thoughts:
"What a gorgeous tree! I wonder how old it is? I wonder what this place looked like when it was just a seedling? Oh! Look! What a cool branch with a little nook to sit in! I bet I could climb that tree and sit there with a great book for a couple of hours. The branch should be pretty strong. I bet it's strong enough for a treehouse let alone me! Aww...a treehouse. Wouldn't it be fun to build a treehouse? I can picture T and our son or daughter making a weekend project of that. I bet they'd be all cute and dirty in overalls..."
It went downhill from there. Trust me.
The point is, when one is dealing with IF, IF is in everything. In every thought. In every experience. In every wish. In every seemingly benign walk down the street. Heck, I bet a bowl of alphabet soup would randomly spell out "baby," just because an infertile was eating it.
Today I was researching for a work-related thing and came across this book that I want to purchase from Amazon:
If anybody ever asks me the definition of irony again, I'm just going to show them these screen shots. Seriously. IF is inescapable.
Obviously there are things that happen in our universe that are totally out of our control. IF in particular feels like one gigantic chunk of chaos, tossing us every which way until we (hopefully) find some sort of footing. However, it doesn't have to be that way.
Hear me out!
Think about this. When we are living life in the infertile world, IF becomes prominent. Obviously. It probably looks something like this:
In reality, though, your life is filled with many more things aside from IF. I gather you don't sit around all day and think about IF, right? Even if you use the bathroom and take a shower, you're doing something else besides dealing with IF.
What would happen if you put IF in its rightful place? What would happen if you start to realize and emphasize the things outside of IF? It might look something like this:
IF is there. And it's prominent. But it's not the majority of your life. You're a wonderful person with lots going on and you deserve to find some peace by putting IF in its rightful place with the rest of the important things.
Starting today! Give yourself an hour to do something else besides getting on Dr. Google and finding the next New Age remedy to try. Put IF in its proper place. YOU are the boss of IF! It's time to feel empowered!
Until next time...be well,
P.S. You must excuse my bad art...or laugh at it. Whichever.