Coming Back to Life is the way I’ve been able to put my wellness into words. I literally watched my body come back to life. What a miracle. Before I knew it, I was walking to the end of the driveway and bringing in the garbage cans into the garage. SCORE! Never could I have imagined something so mundane would bring me such joy. A job so routine would never again to be taken for granted.
The end of the driveway led to an arm in arm walk with Mom to the cul-de-sac behind our home. I never quite made it, but the mere fact that I was able to attempt it was a feat in itself. I was psyched! All will be well was becoming a reality. Before I knew it, I was driving and even doing a little shopping! Life kept getting better and normalcy was within reach.
There is a beauty in coming through one of life’s most trying challenges. Everything is beautiful. The rain. The snow. The heat. The cold. Crotchety people. Screaming children. Bad drivers. Long lines at the store. Wifi that’s down. Flat tires. WHO CARES?! I’m happy I’m alive to be able to experience it all. Physically, my body has some limitations and my choice is to celebrate them rather than complain and be down about the repercussions of my treatments. They certainly beat the alternative.
For me getting well and getting myself back to work was paramount and a huge part of what I considered getting my life back to normal. Six weeks after my surgery I returned to work and hit and ground running. Seven years later here I am; well and still working. Part IV: Faith…Maintaining Your Wellness, is so important to me because as each day passes, it’s so easy to fall back into old habits. What are you eating? How are you eating? When are you eating? How often are you eating? Are you setting a bed time? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you prepared for work the night before? What’s for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? What’s in the fridge? the cabinets? Who are you spending your time with? Are they bringing out the best in you? Have you exercised today? How often this week? Mediation? Walk? Yoga? Have you reached out to family? Friends? Children? What am I reading? How will it benefit me and my life? What am I watching? What will it add to my world? Are you doing what you love? Is there anything you need to let go? What is not serving you? Are you breathing? Belly breaths? Now think…Calm and cool, smooth and easy.
These questions continually run through my head. Not in a crazy way, but in a conscious way. For me, maintaining my wellness is so important because I got a second chance. I want to do it the best way I know how. I want to live my best life and have faith that all will be well. I invite you to do the same.