We live in a society filled with opinions. Opinions about what a person should wear, what they should eat, where they should live and what kind of work they should do. It seems everyone is an expert at everything. You can’t do or say anything today without someone voicing an opinion. (Keep in mind, this post is just my opinion.)
If we spend our time listening to all those voices, we would go mad…absolutely mad. I know people mean well, but the judgmental, know-it-all attitudes have got to go. When I was a healthy person, I would get a lot of opinions thrown at me about how to live, but now that Multiple Sclerosis has taken up residence in my body, I’m bombarded with even more opinions. Someone once said, “It’s funny how people have strong opinions on things they know nothing about” and that is so true.
There are opinions about what I should eat and what I shouldn’t eat, what meds to take and that I shouldn’t take, what exercises to do and how often, what prayers to pray, and what supplements to take. I’ve heard how everything from bee sting therapy to removal of dental fillings will cure me…after all, it was said on the internet. If only I would rub Calamine lotion all over my body while standing on one leg and singing I’m a Little Teapot at the top of my lungs…I’d be cured. Why am I not doing it? I must not really want to get better.
Have you ever wanted to just smack someone like that upside the head? They mean well, but come on. Do we still think as a society that the internet is a valid, 100% reliable source of information? It’s basically all opinion. You can find any source you want to back up your idea if you look hard enough. If you choose to believe than unicorns and leprechauns are living in your backyard and want to prove your point, I’m sure you could find a website out there that would validate it for you.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis is not easy and we all want a cure to be found, but we don’t need to be criticized or judged by others for how we choose to deal with this disease all because of something you can read online. There are different types of MS, differences in the people living with it and different progressions that can happen. That’s a lot of differences to try and cram into one fix-all solution.
How about this? Do your best to shut out all the opinions flying around you and choose to simply enjoy life. That way you can cut out the stress that comes with all those opinions and can use your time instead to create amazing memories with the people you love. After all, that’s what really matters anyway.