As I begin a new year in my blogging journey, I feel a sense of happiness knowing that despite the many challenges I have faced over the past year, I have not given up. When faced with new health challenges, sometimes it is much easier to turn the other direction and run from your problems than it is to face them. However, if we want true happiness, we must face whatever comes our way and fight to make the most of any situation we find ourselves in.
September 21, 2016 I began this blogging journey with no idea what to share and unsure if anyone even cared enough to read my story. Over the past sixteen months I’ve managed to share the story of what my life has been like thus far living with CRPS and gastroparesis. I’ve had my ups and downs. Sometimes I’ve blogged daily. Other times I’ve let weeks or months pass before writing something new. I’ve shared details about my life and written stories based on writing prompts from other groups. A few people have chosen to follow my blog. So e people have commented on my writing. Some of my stories have even been published on another site. No matter what my story…my life…might look like to the outside world, it’s my life and I’ve enjoyed sharing it. Over the past sixteen months I’ve found my voice and purpose for life. If sharing my life story…my triumphs…my failures…helps just one person…it has been worth it. I don’t know if it’s helped anyone else, but it has helped me learn to cope with the everyday struggles I face.
As 2017 came to an end, I found myself thinking more of my health, wealth, and happiness than I ever had before. I wanted to give my nieces and nephews something nice for Christmas. According to worldly standards, I live in poverty, but I don’t see myself as poor. I knew I couldn’t afford anything expensive. However, I knew I could spend a few dollars on yarn and make each of them a gift as unique as they are. This year, I decided they were going to get socks. I had never knitted socks before, but I was up for the challenge. I passed the many hours I spent at home in bed knitting socks. I knitted in doctor’s office waiting rooms and even in the car. Knitting made my neck, shoulder, arm, and hand pain worse, but I was determined to make a pair of socks for everyone. At one point, I didn’t think I was physically going to hold up to finish the project I had started, but with lots of rest and patience I managed to knit socks for them all. They each received a one of a kind pair of socks and a bottle of hand sanitizer. I felt their gift had served two purposes. I stayed healthier by staying at home and knitting instead of being out amongst everyone with cold and flu germs. I gave them sanitizer because they have to go to school and be around other children who are sick. I’ve always heard that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. I’m hoping by helping them stay healthy, it will help me stay healthier, because they won’t be carrying the germs in to me.
In short, the past sixteen months of blogging has taught me that life is what I choose to make out of it. Happiness doesn’t come from health or wealth. Happiness comes from inside a person. Happiness comes from accepting life as it is and rising to face the challenges. To be truly happy one must learn to make the most of every minute of life he or she is granted. No matter where this journey leads me in 2018, I’m choosing happiness. Wealth and health mean nothing if one isn’t happy and content in life.