Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know

I disagree with his politics pretty much across the board, but I like this quote – 

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Everything I thought I knew about healthy eating and living was wrong.  All my known knowns were wrong and leading me down the wrong pathway.  I’m pretty smart, but even my known unknowns were wrong and I didn’t have a clue on the unknown unknowns.   It took being knocked down to a new low and rolling into a physical therapist’s clinic without a clue on what to do with a “dead leg”, giving into the process and hoping he had a clue because god knew I didn’t.  I got lucky – PT knew what he was doing and taught me a few things a long the way.  I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m learning.

A few of the things unknown unknowns I didn’t know back then…

….Some of the people who loved me were weeping inside watching me commit a slow suicide by not taking care of myself.   Reading Christmas cards this weekend brought tears to my eyes – “I am so very proud of you and thrilled….I have worried about you for many years…that worry is gone now.”

…Some of the people that intimidated the hell out of me were silently cheering me on even when I was too embarrassed to look up.   This blog article Hey, Fat Girl  echoed a conversation I had at the box one day that shocked me.   A girl turned to me and said, “You are an inspiration” and later I would find out more about her family’s struggles with weight and her own loved ones battles with obesity.  She’d been cheering me on all along and I was too busy trying to be invisible to notice.

….Patience and consistency are key.

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