When faced with life’s challenges, are you the kind of person who always looks on the bright side? Do you usually see the glass as half-full? As much as we all wish we could find the silver lining in any situation, it can feel downright impossible at times.
Our jobs, degrees, networks and material things do not make us who we are. All those things are great, but it’s more important who you are as a person when no-one is looking.
Being loving, kind and understanding matters. Sometimes we feel people don’t understand what’s important until the daily moments become the only thing they have.
Having a chronic illness brings you to appreciate the things that everyone else takes for granted. Like planning a trip and actually being able to take that trip with no worries of possibly falling ill. Like going outside and being able to feel the sun and wind on your body without pain. Like waking up and being able to get out of bed. Like breathing without struggling for the next breath. Like getting that hug that allows you to just be loved in someone’s arms.
It’s the things that everyone thinks are small that become massively huge in your life when chronic illness is present. It’s something about fighting for your life daily that changes your focus and pushes you to move beyond the materialistic things. Something about the fight that pushes you to live in every moment not for the status or accolades but for the beauty of life itself.
Sadly, we can’t control many of the painful and unfortunate events that happen to us. However, you can choose to focus on the positive aspects of your life and trust that good things are coming. By appreciating all the goodness within you and around you, intentionally seeking it in others, and living in the present moment, you can rewire your brain to see all the good this life has to offer.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.