Three years ago, when I started this blog, my desire was to share my experiences with Chronic illness and encourage optimism to the millions who live with these conditions. Life does not end with a Chronic condition. It merely takes a sharp curve. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it is a learning experience. One that you live with, daily.
Optimists, like me, have healthier outlooks and tend to live longer. We’re less vulnerable to things like fatigue, mental illness, hypertension, depression, etc. We are better at pain management. We have improved immune and cardiovascular functioning. Bottom-line, our optimism helps us to deal with our Chronic illness and live life more fully.
Helen Keller once said, “Optimism is faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. … No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” This is so true.
So much has happened in three short years, for me. And it’s all good. I started Tai Chi (which I still do religiously). I changed careers. A challenge, I know. But I have always loved a good challenge. I think, maybe, it brings out the best in me. And I blogged on WordPress, where I met all of you. It’s been fun and a bit cathartic. Now, to advance farther, I have to make more changes. Because, I know that I can’t do it all and do it well. I have to stay focused and respect my limits. So, this is my last post.
I wish each and every one of you the BEST in life. I pray that you’ll manage your conditions and live each day to the fullest. And when a setback occurs, I know that you’ll build a new strategy. Be proudly tenacious. Most importantly, I know you’ll hang-on to your optimism. I wish the joy and satisfaction that I am experiencing for all of you. I am living proof that optimism works miracles. You can be, too!
*Photo by Mi Pham on Unsplash