I try to be a positive person.
I find that the” Always look on the bright side of life” attitude rubs off on others and bounces back to me.
In other words, the attitude that I expose to others, helps to form the attitude that they will then give back to me.
Most days I feel like I succeed, however there are days that I fail.
I just experienced two consecutive days of ennui.
Two lethargic days of laying around, every joint, knuckle, muscle, hurt. Along with those I also had no appetite.
I was wallowing around in self pity.
There was nothing my darling wife/caregiver did or said that was having an impact. It fact it was probably something she didn’t do that might have benefited me the most.
She often states that “ When it comes to my Parkinson’s she’s like an Ostrich and buries her head in the sand.”
She knows me well and sometimes her being an Ostrich is just what I need!
For as lethargic as I get, she still knows I rarely get depressed. And as scary as it may seem, sometimes the only company I need is, MYSELF!
So to paraphrase and old saying, ”PARKIE, heal thy self!”
I understand that I can feel depressed without suffering from depression.
Others can not help us, if we are not willing to help ourselves first!
Understand that there will be good and bad days. Don’t dwell on the bad. Use the bad to give you a better understanding of just how GREAT the good days are.
Learn to accept your Parkinson’s.
Acceptance is not admitting defeat. Acceptance is the first step in allowing you to have the ability to understand it. Once we understand it, we can start to be comfortable with it.
How can we expect others to be comfortable around our Parkinson’s if we ourselves are not comfortable with it.
Try and limit your Self Pity.
Self pity destroys everything around it, but itself.
Want a guarantee for success? Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
Will there be set backs? Of course!
However as in everything in life, Parkinson’s included, we must…
Stop wishing and start doing!
That is where we will find happiness!
As my old Pappi use to say” Spit in one hand, wish in the other see what one fills up first.”