It’s okay to actually enjoy life

I either wake up exhausted or I wake up tired. I’m not really sure what it means to wake up rested. Is there really such a thing? If so, I think a crime has been committed and sleep has been stollen from my house. Only thing is, there never seems to be any evidence left behind of who actually did it. And from what I can tell, copycat sleep stealers are popping up everywhere. Has one visited you too?

Coffee doesn’t seem to help wake me up like it used to. At one time coffee had this ability to get me so wired I’d talk without even pausing for a breath. Once, I was given a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans, and silly me started eating them like peanuts. When you combine my two loves, chocolate and coffee, that’s a dangerous mix. I ate almost the entire bag of those things. Needless to say the rest of my day was like a scene from the movie “Over The Hedge” and I was playing Hemi, the super hyper, never stopping, over-active squirrel.

Sure, I enjoy my morning cup of coffee—or should I say cups of coffee—but now days I find myself napping after just about everything I do, even when I’m full of caffein. I’m not really sure how many naps I actually take in a day. It used to be that naps were my enemy. Now it seems they have become my best friend.

When I was still working, I would close my office door (sometimes even locking it so no one would barge in) and lay my head down on my desk for an afternoon nap. I even kept a small pillow in my desk drawer just for that purpose. My car was another place I would escape to for a few minutes of rest.

Our days are filled with all kinds of things that need to get done from meetings, to errands, to appointments. Don’t push yourself so hard that you neglect resting when you body is screaming at you to stop. It’s okay to pause in your day and take a moment for yourself. Resting, sleeping, napping, or whatever you want to call it, is not a terrible thing.

When I was younger I used to think I had to do everything. I was the one people would come to because I could multitask and motivate others in getting a job done. I guess you could say I was an overachiever. Now, I realize the importance of pauses. There is nothing in life that is so important you need to rush through your day without pausing to actually enjoy it.

Take some time and enjoy a moment of calm today, a moment of stillness, a moment of rest. The world may be buzzing by you at hundred zillion miles an hour, but I have found that all that busyness does is keep me from enjoying the things that really matter most…sitting with a friend, a much needed nap, laughter, a trip to the park, watching my favorite movie.

When the sun is setting, make sure you can look back at today with a smile because you paused long enough to actually enjoy a part of it.

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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.

20 replies
  1. Jason Rogowski says:

    What I find funny is my neurologist tells me I should take a nap around 2:30-3:00 for half a hour.
    I don’t think my employer would like that.
    (Not everyone works in a office)

  2. Roland Clarke
    Roland Clarke says:

    I have problems sleeping but I nod off during the day for brief moments – have to make sure that I have wheelchair safety belt on. Love the smell and taste of coffee, but neither my MS nor my stomach can handle it. Chocolate is okay in moderation. So drink pure cranberry juice by day and water at night. Blessings.

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Your description of a coffee fix is very good, Hemi is a good choice. I have found a shot of Normison gives me a settled sleep. I have found this out over the past few months and it’s still working. So I have at least beaten one problem introduced by MS. Yeh!!!!!!!

  4. Ethel Himel says:

    That sounds exactly right. Before I could work 84 hours a week.Would get up at 330 am and get to work for 5 am and get off at 7pm and come home and pick up in my house. Now I’m lucky to get out of bed for 11am. I’m so tired when I do get up

  5. Bonnie Burkley says:

    I’m there and there are no clues…I think we are stuck, dear one! Oooon to Christmas…a joyous time…and this year like years past will find me with coffee beside the fire…simple is as simple does!!!!!

  6. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thanks for your post. It helps so much. Especially after yesterday. I always have thanksgiving at my house and don’t ever want to disappoint. After 12 years of MS, I thought this was impossible. With several rest periods and a lot of help, I was able to pull it off 😀 It was a hard lesson to learn, but I can finally make myself rest so that I can reach the compleation of a task. It’s hard, but makes a big difference to me.

  7. Kay Keith
    Kay Keith says:

    I love to read you posts! You are so inspiring, and I feel like you are telling my daily story. Thanks for all you do for us that have MS also. I can put my life right on you story, days are a struggle, so it’s nice to know there are many more out there that are in the same struggle as me. Gonna keep pushing forward!
    Kay Keith
    from Nebraska

  8. Kris Hall says:

    Yep. I’m an MS friend and that sleep difficulty sounds very familiar.
    The ironic thing about MS, in my experience with those who have it, is that it seems to hit those who have been the Most Active and Most Motivated Pre-MS.
    That sucks. I’m sorry, guys.

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