Friday, February 6, 2009
OK, it's a new day, new beginning. And I'm over my little sojourn into self pity. So let the good times roll...
But, wait, before we bring out the champagne, I rly want to understand what it is that worries me so when my fatigue gets bad.
After much self-scrutiny and introspection, I have come up with 2 things:
1. Life is passing me by / I am not doing anything worthwhile.
2. Because I am not doing anything, my mind is slowly dying and I'm going to become this vapid creature without a single intelligent thought in her head. I hesitate to use the term 'dumb blonde', especially since I'm not blonde, but you know what I mean...
So, let's address these issues.
Starting with the first, I am going to list all my accomplishments over the past 7 years (big and small) so I can see all that I have achieved since I got CFS:
1. I got married to the most wonderful, caring man.
2. I adopted a rescued dog and am giving her the best life I can.
3. I finished my Masters thesis and got my degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication, USC.
4. I have been a Teaching Assistant.
5. I have made a lot of new friends.
6. I have been there for friends who were going through some rough times in life.
7. I have learned yoga.
8. I have taken a teacher training course and am now a certified yoga teacher (I don't teach professionally, but still...)
9. I have decided to start an online business in silverware, and have learned from scratch, everything about buying and selling silver.
10. I have opened an eBay store selling silver items an antique jewelry: Nazraana (meaning 'gift').
11. When I felt I was getting well enough to take up a job, I taught myself Search Engine Marketing (SEM) / Pay-Per-Click (PPC). Unfortunately my health deteriorated again & I wasn't able to work. But I did learn a lot!
12. I am learning how to cope with CFS and am much better now than I was when I first fell ill and was bedridden for months.
Now for point no.2. - the fear that my brain is dying a slow death. Well, here goes:
1. I play games like Scrabble and Sudoku daily to exercise my mind.
2. I read a lot about various topics.
3. I try to write my blog daily.
4. I ask everyone I meet a lot of questions about their work and love to learn things.
5. I manage / do all the calculations etc for my ebay store.
So, I don't think my brain is in immediate danger of complete annihilation.
As I finish this post I realize, and this is my Hallelujah moment, that life doesn't stop. Nor is it completely passing me by.
Maybe I would have accomplished more had I not had CFS. But who is to say that those accomplishments would be worth more than what I have achieved with CFS in the past 7 yrs. Who knows whether I would have made the same friends, or had the same relationships? Or even whether I would be the same person.
Hmmm....something to thnk about...
And, on that note, I am off to sharpen my brain and play some Scrabble on Facebook :)