In martial arts, we are always practicing balance and focus; two very essential parts of being a successful martial artist. Balance keeps us steady and focus keep us alert and engaged.
In the course of living with chronic illnesses, we are also forced to strike a balance. Just enough food to sustain yourself, just enough energy to do daily self-care, just enough patience to go to the doctors appointment. Chronic illness is big hurry up and wait game to the medical system. When you are waiting 8 months to see that doctor you so desperately need to see, that can challenge your focus. You have to keep pushing forward through every day to make it through to the appointment. It may seem impossible and like the day would never come, but time does fly fast than we think.
People ask me how I do it. I'll always on the fly, school, volunteering, taekwondo, homework, family, friends, meal preparations, laundry, cleaning, and doctor's appointments. It's all in the balancing act. You have to find the combination and strategies that work for you. It's is so vital to stay organized to prevent future stresses.
Hopefully, you have figured out how you are going to ration your spoons this week and make the most out of life! Remember, it is a great big balancing act!
"The warrior is an ordinary man with laser-like focus." -Bruce Lee
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!