What is normal really?

October 24, 2014

It has been over a year since I wrote in my blog and I have been encouraged by many friends and family to start blogging again and share my journey with others. I have been very reluctant to do so. Those of you who know me these last 4 years have been extremely transformative for me. I graduated college in May of 2011 and was thrown into a the “real” world which has been less then kind to me. I also have been diagnosed with 35 chronic illnesses and have been on the hunt to make my life as “normal” possible.

Normal is such an odd term to me because what is normal really? We all experience different things and different emotions which cause us to frame our world differently. Being diagnosed with all of these illnesses has really changed my world because when you are living in a body that can turn against you at any moment. You really cherish all moments no matter what the circumstances because you are always learning and growing from each experience. Which makes you more equipped to handle the next success or hurdle.

Before my personal medical Armageddon I was a workaholic that was always on the go looking for the next project and new trend. But in reality I was missing out on so much life because I was worried people would think less of me because of my disability so I in a way over-compensated based on what I thought society believed.

Now, that I am diagnosed I know my limits and I do what I can and I do my best not to beat myself up emotionally if things do not get done because in the end I am doing the best I can. I am learning the art of self-care. Sadly, most people do not know the importance of self-care. You cannot be your best if your burnt out and exhausted.

So, this is my challenge to you as the reader. Don’t worry about what is normal we all have a different normal because we all have different life experiences. Also, treat yourself and indulge in some self-care. I highly suggest binge watching something on Netflix. It will allow you to re-charge your batteries and refocus.

Please check back later to learn more about my journey! Until later!