This month, I’ve decided to join in on the fun with Sheryl of A Chronic Voice and participate in her monthly linkup party for those of us living with chronic illness. Each month she posts five prompts, asks you to pick at least three to blog about, and sets up a link so you can share your posts. It’s a great way to meet other chronic illness bloggers and perhaps, find a new favorite blog!
I’m finally recovering my sense of self. After a few years of living with fibromyalgia and its associated symptoms, I really started to feel that I wasn’t the same person I used to be. I had a hard time accepting my new normal, and I didn’t feel I was contributing much to society.
Slowly but surely I’ve found ways that I can make a difference even with my limitations. When we’re chronically ill sometimes it’s easier to look at what we can’t do, but when we take stock of our skills and abilities, we may find that we’re perfectly suited for things we hadn’t previously thought of.
Most of the time I hate shopping. I do as much of it online as I can. I do try to support our local businesses as much as possible, but I just don’t have the energy to spend a lot of time in the stores.
The one exception to my shopping aversion is Christmas shopping. Although I still do quite a bit of that online too, I love to go into the stores and just wait for something to “jump out at me” and say, “I’m perfect for so-and-so.” I just love finding that special gift for those closest to me.
I’ve determined that this holiday season, I’m going to be intentional about enjoying everything. As I mentioned in my previous post, for the last several years the time period from the week before Thanksgiving until Christmas Day has been a rush of just “trying to get through” from one event to another. This year, although my schedule is still pretty full, I’m really taking the time to slow down and enjoy the season.
At this time of year, I spend a lot of time reminiscing about Christmases past. I have so many great memories over the years. I love everything about Christmas!
Believe it or not, I can still remember the excitement of Christmas Eve when I was a child. I don’t know if I ever got a wink of sleep when we were waiting for Santa to come.
Fast forward to the Christmases when my son was a child and I was even more excited! I always wrapped his “Santa” presents in paper that was different from any other wrapping paper we had, made sure the cookies and milk were consumed during the night, and just couldn’t wait to see his excitement when he came out of his room on Christmas morning.
Right now I’m preparing for our neighborhood Christmas party. We have wonderful neighbors, but we usually only get to see each other in passing. This is the one time of year that we all try to get together and catch up on what’s going on in everyone’s life.
Thanks for reading! If you’d like to participate, please visit A Chronic Voice for instructions. I’m sure Sheryl would love to see you!