It's so inspiring when somebody actually manages to take a negative experience and turn it into a positive way of living. That's why I'm so glad Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is talking about her past struggles with bulimia and the surprising key to her recovery.
Rossi was always athletic, she says, playing softball and soccer as a kid. But when the Housewife hit high school, everything changed.
"I suffered from an eating disorder," Rossi reveals. Sounds all too familiar, right? So many teens face the same challenge. But Rossi was one of the lucky ones, because she managed to find a very unique path to getting well:
"When I finally decided I wanted to get healthy and educated about how to stay in shape, I went and got my personal training certificate. I started training other people in college, which really helped me get past my own issues, because I was able to help people in that way. Now, I’m totally capable of knowing how to take care of myself on my own."
There's definitely a lesson to be learned here, I think -- and an interesting one at that. Learning how to help other people get past their problems isn't usually the recommended approach to getting past your own. It's usually the opposite -- how can you help anybody else when you can't help yourself? But maybe it is possible to learn self-preservation from the outside in. It worked for Rossi, at least!
What do you think?
Can people learn to take care of themselves by taking care of others?
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