E is for Being Excited About Life! #AtoZChallenge

E is for Being Excited About Life!     #AtoZChallenge

So you or someone you care about has a chronic illness. It isn’t the end of life as you know it.

Remember the excitement for life that you had before you got sick? You can have that again! Just because your health has changed, maybe even drastically, does not mean all is lost.

Today, more so than ever before, technological advances have enabled even the most limited in physical activity to remain at the very least mentally active. So if you have the desire, there are lots of things you can do to remain active and yes, even passionate about life!

Without going into specific examples based on your previous level of knowledge and expertise in any given area, there are still a variety of things you could do to occupy your mind and your time. You could use your previous knowledge to educate others. For that matter, you could use your current situation as a catalyst so that, when you are ready, you can share your experience with others. You could decide to pursue further education and new career goals.

Maybe you are not only chronically ill but also suffer from the effects of chronic pain as I do. If you find yourself unable to hold regular employment, all is still not lost. There are still plenty of ways you can continue to feel like you have something to contribute. Even something as simple as becoming a volunteer in a facility or unit that made a difference for you.

While maybe that isn’t as fulfilling in your mind as employment, I can tell you that there is something quite as fulfilling as being able to give back to those that have taken the time to help you when you needed it. Remember when you were at the worst possible point in your health and someone took the time to stop and talk with you? Remember how good it felt that someone actually cared who maybe didn’t need to, in the aspect that they weren’t being paid to do so? You can be there for someone else. Maybe you encounter a patient who could draw inspiration from the fact that you had been where they currently are, and you prevailed.

Become excited about life again!

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8 thoughts on “E is for Being Excited About Life! #AtoZChallenge”

  1. Thank you for this uplifting post, Tupeak. I am very pleased to have discovered your theme for this year’s A-Z Challenge as a life limiting, chronic disease has taken hold of a loved one and we are all having to come to terms with it. I have a feeling you will give me hope 🙂 Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

    1. You are very welcome! I hope by sharing my knowledge from the last two decades, on both sides of the bed, I can give just a little hope to someone battling a chronic illness! I hope for the best possible outcome for your loved one, and all battling chronic health matters!

    1. I agree wholeheartedly, though I must admit it can be very challenging for someone to see that there is possibility beyond what they are feeling in the present moment. By sharing I hope to remind people to keep hope and continue their fight!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Life presents us with so very many options, it’s hard not to be excited about it in some way. This is even true on the rough days.

  2. Communicating online with other people who have no other way to fight loneliness sounds like a good way to be of use.

    There’s an argument, “if you’re well enough to volunteer (outside the home), you’re well enough to hold down a steady job.” 😞 I’m not a fan of that debate, but I’m familiar with it.

    Online surveys and making a popular blog with marketing opportunities is another way to contribute to household finances. The scene is mostly owned by “mommy bloggers,” but could open up to others.

    1. A very valid concern! It shouldn’t have to be, but it is. The difference is that if you are volunteering, typically you won’t get fired if you are unable to show up. Unfortunately, some insurance companies would rather you sit at home and wither away to nothing, rather than permit you to get out for even an hour a week to volunteer somewhere. I’ve experienced this myself at times. Thank you for pointing out what I could not in such a short post. I’m trying to keep the posts short yet informative, and in the process, it is impossible to include everything.

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