What really matters?
Do Something That Matters Today
Alrighty, readers. It's time for a heart to heart. I try to have a few blog posts a week and I'm sure you've noticed I haven't been doing that the past two weeks. This is because I have been at various doctor's taking care of some health concerns that have to do with my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I apologize if some of this seems a little disconnected. I have been writing this for three days and have had to keep stopping because I became overwhelmed with bad feelings. It was extremely difficult for me to write this. I hope you will stick around till the end of the post. I believe I have an important message. I know it's long, but I hope you will read till the end and feel inspired to do something that matters today.
|You know you have EDS|
when. . . .
|You know you have|
EDS when. . . .
He found that I have arthritis in the base of my neck and top of my spine. This makes it very difficult to do every day tasks like driving. But the worst is sleeping. It hurts to lay my head on a pillow and I wake up every time I turn in bed because my neck hurts.
|You know you have|
EDS when. . . .
I am not writing this to complain. I have already designated some time this weekend for my pity party. The reason I write is because I feel that I have something very important to say. I have been very disappointed lately in some family, friends and media as I have been watching myself deteriorate. I was listening to the radio and a catchy tune came on called "One Lyfe" or something with equally bad grammar in the title. I can't remember exactly what the name was or the exact lyrics. But they said something like, "you only have life so I'm going to enjoy the party and drink what's in my cup." This song in addition to watching some friends and family make bad choices has me feeling very unsettled about the message being conveyed about "living your life to the fullest." Life is not measured by the amount you put in yourself or let in yourself. It is measured by what you put out.
When the doctor turned on the x-ray light it was immediately evident that things weren't right. He may as well have put up signs that said, "Wheel chair," "Surgery," "Paralysis in legs," "No more bike rides with your children," "No more walking your children to school," "No more!" "NOTHING!" I should mention that I knew this was coming. But it's one thing to feel yourself deteriorate, and it's quite another to see the evidence and have someone else tell you. See, when you feel yourself experiencing the deterioration you can trick your mind into thinking, "maybe I just hurt that exercising today." Or, "Maybe I just did too much today and need to slow down." And that helps me to not believe that it is the deterioration of my body. But when I looked at the x-rays there was nothing I could do or say to my mind to trick it into thinking that it wasn't my time yet to begin deteriorating. I thought about my philosophy on life and how I believe the quality of life is not based on what I let in my body, but what I put out. So I chose not to let that fear in.
When I got home from that appointment I could have sat and cried about my future and about how I won't get to do certain things with my children. But instead I sat down at my computer and I downloaded the ringtone "The Final Countdown," which is Gob's magic show music from Arrested Development ;) This action helped me ease into my work day much better than crying.
I have to be realistic. I will never climb Mount Everest. I can't ride rollercoasters anymore. My husband will have to ride Space Mountain by himself from now on ;) I will never run that marathon that I tried to train for for three months. I will not have more children. But in accepting this and being realistic I've realized that life is not measured by Mount Everest climbs, or the amount of marathons run. It is not measured by the amount of drinks your have or the amount of drugs you do. Those are things you let into your body or subject your body to. My life is measured by what I put out. I won't climb mountains, but I can plant a tree on one :)
My mountains and marathons can be organizing charity efforts, volunteering at the food bank, visiting those in need of friends and companionship. Each of those things and many more is what will fill my life to the fullest. I want to fill my deeds and things that matter. Not alcohol and bad choices.
Please, do something that matters. Don't allow yourself to be brainwashed by the idea that living your life to the fullest means taking from the world whatever you can. It means giving to the world whatever you can. Stop taking and give a little more. I hope to live up to this no matter what physical condition I am in. That is why I started our sponsor program. I can't always help physically, but I can help monetarily.
Make your life significant no matter what your condition. Whether you have mental or physical conditions or no conditions at all! Make it count. You matter and you are significant. You can make a difference. Live your life to the fullest. Fill it by putting out, not taking in. Make it count. Do something that matters.