Some days it’s easy to smile. You wake up to the smell of your favorite breakfast cooking, birds are singing sweetly outside your window, the sun is peaking over the horizon as gorgeous colors fill the sky, and you have no schedules to keep or places to be. It’s a free day to simply be.
But then there are “other” days. Other days can be a terrible hodgepodge of disappointments and frustrations. They are days when life smacks you in the face and you didn’t even get a chance to duck. (Ka-pow)
Lately, I have been having more “other” days than “some” days. Other days have a tendency to steal your smile and bring you tears. I hate other days. I wish they could be banished from this world; that we could revolt against them and refuse their entry into our lives. But life happens and other days come.
So, what do you do when you discover today to be an other day? When you wake up to disappointments, frustrations and setbacks? When it seems everything that could go wrong is going wrong? When you feel as if you’re sinking and you didn’t even know you were thrown out of a boat in the middle of the ocean to begin with?
There is nothing worse than feeling as if you have no control. It’s a lonely place to be. Living with Multiple Sclerosis has this way of throwing those curve balls and upsetting life and turning your entire universe inside out.
But know that you aren’t alone. There are many of us facing challenges and uncertainties in life whether it’s due to an illness, work difficulties, financial struggles, problems with other people or a combination of them all in one. The weight of the turmoil happening around us can get so heavy that sometimes you forget how to breathe. It happens.
That’s why we have to stick together during those terrible storms. I can guarantee you that you will make it through to tomorrow. The clouds will clear up and better days are ahead.
Surround yourself with people that support you, accept you and love you. Life is too short to hang onto those who drag you down. You are important even when every thought in your head is screaming at you telling you differently. Nothing and no one should ever define you.
Don’t let MS or any other struggle cause you to give up and stop believing in yourself.
If today is an “other” day for you, it’s okay to close yourself off from the world and cry for a bit. But once you have shed your tears and let out your frustrations, get up, shake yourself off and charge ahead. You are not a quitter. I believe in you!