Chronic illness eventually changes the way you think about life. This seems to happen bit by bit every day. The speed of this change would depend on the illness severity and the personality of the person. I actually think I can feel my thought patterns changing. Not only has my body slowed down, but my thinking and decision making has become a lot more controlled. I am becoming a lot more wary of tension and emotional build up. Some people may look at this and think I am not excited or passionate or involved. I am those things, it is just a slow, paced excitement, if you get what I mean. I also make decisions based on something other than head or heart, but I am not entirely sure what it is. Maybe I have started making decisions based on intuition about what I need?
Here are some thought patterns that become the mainstay of those who manage illness over a long period of time:
– Treasure the small things.
– Treasure special times with family.
– Evaluate what is really important.
– Make the most of every opportunity.
– Make the most of the life you have been given.
– Only I understand what I am going through.
– I have to prioritise my needs over what other people expect of me.
People with chronic illnesses only have limited energy, limited patience, limited effort. Anything too draining emotionally or physically has to be cleansed from your life. Deciding what and who is important and what/who needs to drop by the way side is important. You have to choose quality over quantity in many things, including relationships. It just isn’t worth it to have negative and toxic people suck the life out of you, literally.
Every day can be a different challenge and this never stops. You try to plan around your individual needs, but this doesn’t necessarily go to plan. Every day is a new day and we never know how that day will go.
Can you feel your inner self changing? What is new? What have you left behind?