Day 25 – The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompt (#HAWMC) for today is: “Never Have I Ever. You stick to your guns – now tell us about what. What is something you’ve never done but want to. What’s something you’ve never done and won’t budge on?”
Part one is easy . . . I’ve never been to Hawaii, and I WANT to go (permanently.) Actually, I guess any tropical island would do, I just happen to know that Hawaii has the internet connectivity I need.
I’ve always loved the ocean and beaches, and being on an island would totally surround me with both. Water in all its forms nourishes my soul, relieves my stress, and relaxes my body. I’ve also always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of beauty and danger in volcanoes, and can never resist watching programs about them. In Hawaii, I would have both, along with warmer temperatures (winter is always the worst time of the year for me, with the cold increasing my baseline pain levels.)
I grew up in south Florida, on the coast, and I miss the feel of the salt air, the roar of the surf, and the ocean breezes. I’ve been landlocked for the last 34 years, but every time I’ve been near the ocean since my fibro has been diagnosed, my pain levels have dropped and the stress and fatigue have eased. Is it really connected to the ocean, or because of the break from my daily worries and responsibilities? I don’t know, but I’d love to find out . . .
How can I manage this one? I have absolutely no idea, I just know that someday I am at least going to go for a visit.
Now for part two, what will I never do? Now, you have to understand that I don’t say I’ll never do something very often, because every time I have I’ve wound up doing it. That being said, I feel fairly confident in saying that I will never give up on having the best life I can, in spite of (or maybe even because of,) my chronic illnesses.
Life can be good even when a chronic illness is involved, and I’ll never stop looking for options and ways to cope that make my life better. Yes, I have pain, all the time, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my life. Right now, my pain level is about a 7, and I’m getting ready to go to work anyway.
It’s been a good day, even though the pain levels have been high, because I’ve gotten what I wanted to do done in spite of the pain. I have a ride to work, a ride home, and I have a little money to buy groceries with (AND I haven’t had to deal with any of the Black Friday shopping craziness.) Life is good.
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J
|If you’ve found the content on this website helpful, and you can afford to, please consider making a contribution to help keep the content coming and the site online.|
If you enjoyed this post, and would like to get a notification when new posts are available, please sign up for my email list on the right near the top of the page. (Or you can make a donation to keep the site online.)