If life is a game, how come I’m not having fun?

I woke up today stuck inside a pinball machine. I know this because I found myself bouncing off the walls in the hallway, running into a table and then I tried to slide through the space between the refrigerator and the cabinets. I think my body is stuck on permanent tilt.

I hate when that happens. It might help if I had bumpers strategically placed around the house to make the bouncing a little more comfortable. Oh, and a jackpot for when I nail the jump up the ramp and into the hole. Now that would be amazing.

Instead of letting my walking difficulties get me down–sometimes literally–I choose to be thankful that at least I’m still in the game. Sure, bouncing around the house is not much fun, but I could have gotten stuck in a Hungry Hungry Hippo game instead and had a herd of hippos trying to eat me alive.

A life with Multiple Sclerosis isn’t easy. For some it may be a walk in the park with little to no symptoms, but for others it’s a daily and sometimes minute by minute struggle. You can choose to allow the struggles you face today eat you up, causing bitterness and anger to control your day…not only your day, but your life. Or you can change your focus from looking at all your problems to realizing that there are worse things in this world you could be facing.

I’m not one to downplay pain. Pain is pain and hurt is hurt no matter if it’s a paper cut, a broken heart of a messed up brain. But if all we do is look at how bad we have it, thinking we have the worst hand anyone has ever been dealt, and go about our day complaining because life is so hard, unfair and not any fun…day after day after day, it’s time to stop and make some changes.

Yes, the game of life can be the pits. Sometimes you get sent back to the start of the game, sometimes you lose a turn, sometimes you get sent to jail, but sometimes you win a prize or even the jackpot. You never know what today will bring; good or bad or something in-between. But you do have control over how you will respond to what happens.

Choose to be thankful for all that you do have. If you pause long enough and really look at your life, you will see that you have a lot to be thankful for. Make today your day of thanksgiving. Give thanks and join me, along with thousands of others, in finding something good in all the bad you are facing.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

7 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    ‘Look on the bright side of life” Quote from Life of Brian movie when on the cross group. A good philosophy to live by.

  2. Carla Broadbent Rogers
    Carla Broadbent Rogers says:

    Mine includes trying not to step on a cat’s tail. That comes with sound effects and nails that need to be clipped. I am thankful for everyday that the floor is something I can walk on and look down on. Be well.

  3. Pam Oien says:

    I feel the same. I’m bouncing off the walls and full of pain and tremors today as most days, but I’m thankful and blessed that I have another day. No it’s definitely not easy living like this…but I’m living!

  4. Leah
    Leah says:

    I too, play pinball on a daily basis…the prize…not falling down. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember you mentioning in one of your blogs, that the walls and furniture are our friends. Unlike some people, they’re always around to help. Pinball isn’t so bad…sure beats “snakes and ladders”…I certainly don’t wish to face snakes nor attempt to climb any ladders with this illness. Have a lovely week end Penelope.:)) Looking forward to reading your blogs next week.

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