When life hands you lemons…make lemonade. We have all heard this saying, but it is a little easier said than done, isn’t it? I am truly an optimist. I see the bright side to everything. And in everyone. I would not want to change this about myself. However, I am learning that positivity only gets you so far. In itself, positivity can just be a coping mechanism, and one may never truly enjoy life for what it is. The good, the bad and the ugly. Because, truly, it is the hard, painful and sorrowful things in our lives that make the happy and glorious moments that much better.
Let me explain. Over the last two years, I have been dealing with a life altering back injury, chronic pain, several episodes of mastitis and a breast abcsess (which I went through a cancer clinic for. thankfully its not cancer), several UTIs, yeast infections, sinus infections, pneumonia, and now mononucleosis. I get sick, a lot and frequently. And its extremely frustrating, debilitating, and hard on the pocketbook. To deal with this, I used to gloss over it, say “I’m good. tomorrow will be better. At least I’m not (fill in the blank).” Well, this approach can only get you so far before you sound like a broken record and really start to wonder if there is a silver lining. Or if a good day is coming. Instead, I now acknowledge the pain, suffering and inconveniences for what they are. And I also choose to focus on what I can do about it. Even if all that is getting as much sleep as possible and eating to the best of my ability. Some days lately, all that has been is a non-allergenic smoothie. Thats it. Honestly, its a hard pill for me to swallow because I want to be creating these amazing recipes, and work full time, and go to the gym and..and… Well, I have a whole list of things I expect of myself, but each day, the best I can do for myself,and others, is to take each day as it comes. I still always have a choice. To not become a victim, or slave to my circumstances, but to accept them as real limitations, and work within that.