I woke up this morning to a water leak. I wheeled myself into the kitchen to make my coffee and wouldn’t you know it, my brother had put my coffee filters on an upper shelf in the cabinet so I had to stand up to reach them. Sometimes people forget that we can’t do everything like they do. It’s not their fault, it’s just a part of life.
It was then that I noticed the leak. I didn’t see the puddle on the floor or hear any water dripping, I realized there was a leak because my socks got wet as I stepped on the floor. And I absolutely hate it when my socks get wet. That’s one of my crazy pet peeves. I don’t like wet socks, people snapping their gum or the smell of cabbage cooking. I know, I know…I’m weird.
The unexpected happens though, doesn’t it? Sometimes it can be really sneaky and creep up on us, but it happens. Each day is a journey into the unknown. One day you may wake up and discover the sun shining and the next day find yourself sucked into a tornado as life spins out of control. It can even happen minute to minute rather than day to day too. That’s just how life is. Add Multiple Sclerosis into the mix and it becomes an outright adventure.
We have gone through our entire existence up until this point in time knowing that each day is unique and filled with change. We try to find ways to predict those changes, but even the weatherman gets it wrong most of the time. Living with MS is no different.
One day you may wake up with a new symptom starting to develop…but you may not. You may notice numbness increasing…but you may not. You may feel more weakness…but you may not. Just as with life, MS changes day to day, and sometimes minute to minute.
When you are newly diagnosed, that can be a scary thing to face. Change isn’t easy. But as time passes you begin to find a routine. A routine in change. As strange as that sounds, you do. You find that even though today you may discover a new symptom or an enhanced sense of weakness, you still have an entire day ahead of you to live.
This morning, don’t focus on the symptoms…look for the rainbow. All storms have them if you know where to look. Put your rain boots on and go splash in the puddles. Find something to smile about. Do something you enjoy. You might get your socks wet in the process, but that’s all just a part of living.