Do you believe in intuition?
the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.
Sounds very much like a gut feeling, hunch, inner voice or sixth sense, doesn’t it? Or even following your heart…
I have always followed my heart more than my head. Perhaps it’s something most creatives do. I didn’t put much thought into it until recently when I began connecting the dots of major life-changing occurrences.
July marked three years since I decided to change my career path and also write my first blog post. I call it my giant leap of faith and if you haven’t already, you can read about it here.
Naturally, it was a milestone I wanted to celebrate. And so in June, I began going through my past blog pieces. I felt grateful and humbled that so many people took the time to read, engage with me and share my blog posts. But don’t get me wrong. I still do not believe in writing for likes nor have I been tempted to buy fake followers. The journalist in me will always keep it real. I know often my content is very serious but we do live in troubled times and I consider it my responsibility to reflect that.
Since my greatest blog readership comes from Facebook, I decided to put out an appreciation post. Something within me told me to do it then… in June… rather than wait until July.
Intuition? Undoubtedly yes.
I am so glad I did that because on the 20th of July this year, exactly three years since my first blog post, I was in hospital in ICU. In fact, I was in hospital until the end of August and it was a traumatic experience as I experienced many complications and side effects.
Fortunately, I had an amazing team of doctors who went beyond the call of duty and helped me get back on my feet. I have since been diagnosed with an auto immune condition and I am still in the recovery process. Given my long hospital stay, many people have asked me if I have sought a second opinion. In my heart, I knew I was and still am in the best hands. Call it a mix of medical expertise and intuition. These are doctors and professors who display an empathy beyond what science demands and some day, when, I am ready, I will share more about them. For now, I can confidently say, they saved my life and I have faith that I will be fine going forward in their care.
I’m not propagating that you should only follow your heart and not be practical about things in life. That would be foolish. But don’t ignore that inner voice. Do not ignore signs that may keep showing up. It’s the universe’s way of trying to tell you something…like it happened with me. My last blog post before being admitted into hospital hints at my body not coping.
Reading it now, makes it easy for me to connect the dots. The reason I could not drink coffee was because it was toxic for my body at the time and more particularly my current condition. I’m still on a coffee hiatus and coping well. Being a self-confessed coffee addict, I never thought I would say that but during this trying time, I have learnt never to say never.
I have also learnt that intuition is not limited to the human race. Our furry friends possess a great amount of intuition – and again, we should not ignore that. I recall how terribly sick I was the weekend before being admitted to hospital. As I tried to wake myself up from my sleep, half-delirious, on that Monday morning, I heard my dog jump up on my window sill, and firmly place his paws there. I didn’t have to open the curtains to see which dog it would be – I have three dogs. In my heart, I knew it was Flash. Now, looking back, it was as if he knew something was seriously wrong with me, even before I did. And yes, this is the same Flash that was stolen and we eventually tracked him down. It’s a long story and you can catch up here –
I would like you to take a few minutes and reflect on any situation in your life when you experienced a sense of intuition. Now… don’t try to rationalise it. There does not have to be an explanation for everything in life and intuition is one of them. Intuition is about knowing… but not knowing why… And you have to admit, there’s something very re-assuring about that!