The F-word – I use it quite often in my life. No, not THAT F-word! I’m referring to the ones that shape my life and help me live the kind of life I actually want. They are far more significant in their connotation and contribute to my health and wellness. These are:
It has changed my life around! While I might consider it to be a curse at times, it’s made me into the person I am today: strong and resilient in the face of adversity. It’s why I even have a story to tell. It’s also why I started this blog. So although I consider myself to be unlucky for having to live in this body, I’m lucky to have connected with you all and to be a part of this community.
As I grow older, this is an area I pay closer attention to and over the years, it’s become one of my priorities. Whether that faith comes from God or from within, the belief that everyone has a purpose in life, that everything happens for a reason and that things always work out for the better, is what gives me hope and keeps me going. In addition to relying on my inner voice, reading self-help books, listening to podcasts, and journaling helps me reinstate my faith.
It doesn’t just include blood relationships, but close friends as well! These are my nearest and dearest, who never mistake my fatigue for laziness or my pain for wanting to get out of commitments. They understand the nature of my condition and give me space on days I’m so fatigued, I don’t even have the energy to hold a conversation. These relationships are what give me life during some of my toughest days, especially when I’m experiencing a fibro flare-up.
This includes physical, emotional and mental health. It’s something I’m continuously striving to work on and improve because without health, everything means very little. Without a doubt, this is also one of the hardest things to do for myself because Fibromyalgia has symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression that sometimes makes it hard to even get out of bed—let alone going to the gym.
Another F-word that I’ve to constantly remind myself about, especially, when I’m going back and forth between having good days and bad days. On my bad days, I let myself rest and wait for the good days to cross things off my to-do list. In the process of taking care of my body, I usually get so consumed by my illness and the various nuisances that come with it that I forget to have fun. In moments like these, it’s important to remember that if we don’t experience authentic joy, peace and fulfillment in our hearts, we are failing to live life to its full potential.
Working on these 5 F-words each day is a constant reminder not to lose sight of what’s important to me in my life. What are the F-words in your life? Finances, fear, failure? Or fun, fulfillment, forgiveness, freedom? The choice is in your hands.
A HUGE thank you to everyone for supporting me on this new journey – it means the world to me!
Love and spoons,