I realize the title of this post might sound far-fetched. The last thing you want when you’re all dressed up and ready to go, is a big sneeze followed by an "oh no" moment. Even so, you may have discovered that every challenge you've ever faced offered an opportunity to grow in some way. Without even realizing it, you may have picked up a life lesson, a bit of wisdom, or a tad more resilience because of your LBL experiences.
I asked a few ladies to answer the question, "How has LBL been helpful to you?" Blank stares. That's what I got. One bold woman said, "Are you kidding? It hasn’t helped me. I just have to deal with it." I prodded her, "In dealing with it, have you grown in some way or learned something about yourself that you wouldn't have learned otherwise?" She had a light bulb moment and said, "It makes me feel more empathy for others. You never know what people are going through." Here are a few other ways women told me that the challenge of experiencing LBL has helped them grow:
"It encouraged me to do more self-care."
"I had to get over myself. It made me realize that I'm not better or worse than any other person. Other women wear pads, so why not me?"
"I wanted the LBL to stop more than I wanted to keep it a secret. I guess you can say it gave me the courage to get help when I needed it."
"When I was growing up, my mom didn't prepare me for anything - not my period…not childbirth… and certainly not LBL. It would have helped so much if she would have talked about it, but those things just weren't discussed back then. LBL helped me realize that I didn't want my daughters to be brought to their knees by this. I tell them about it and they see that I'm not letting it stop me. LBL is just something that happens sometimes. If they ever experience it, they won't be shocked, like I was when it first happened to me."
One in three women experience LBL. You're not alone. Looking for the growth opportunities will put you in the driver's seat of your life.
What about you? How has LBL helped you to learn and grow as a person?