I know, especially when we’re in a flare, feeling depressed, or basically just hating where we are at the moment, we slip into survival mode. We all do. I would like to challenge myself and you to find ways that we don’t just survive but find ways we can thrive. Don’t let fibro steal your life, causing you to settle for less than you have to.
How about if we explore together some ways to thrive and what that might look like. Are you aware enough of your limitations and how far you can push yourself without holding back? I’m still learning this more than seven years into this journey that I would never have chosen to take. I know you would never have chosen this, either.
My son got married on Memorial Day weekend. I didn’t get much sleep the night before. The wedding wasn’t until 3:30 in the afternoon, but I couldn’t rest much because my mom was here. I showered, put some makeup on, got dressed, and settled in for the 45-minute drive to the venue. I made the choice that FM was not going to steal this special day from me.
The ceremony was brief, and then it was on to fun photo-taking, great food, and loving on my daughter-in-law. I had a blast. We ate, and I visited with my family and my son’s new in-laws as well as friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. I absolutely enjoyed myself. Two hours into the reception, though, I hit my tolerance wall. I knew it was time to leave, so we said our goodbyes. I chose to thrive that day, and I’m so glad that I did!
We thrive when we choose to say no to self-pity and yes to self-care. We thrive when we say yes to adventure (even a small one) and no to another day in bed. We thrive when say yes to more salads and no to more brownies. We thrive when we say yes to taking a shower and getting dressed and no to staying in our jams.
I don’t just want to survive with FM, I truly want to thrive! I refuse to let this disease take more from me without fighting back. Are you with me? THRIVE. Let’s encourage one another and keep our surviving for those no-good, very bad days, ok?
I know you have some great ideas, so please share them. Share this with your fibro friends if you think they would benefit from it.
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