If you’re reading this, chances are, you suffer from chronic illness, like me. I was diagnosed with Lupus 2 years ago. When you read the title of this article, maybe you shook your head and said, “No way!” Unless, like me, you have also found inspiration in your illness. Struggles can have a positive impact on a person. Here are some of the things I’ve found inspiring about being chronically ill.
Chronic illness gives me perspective.
What is the meaning of life? Chronic illness has taught me that there doesn’t have to be one. I have a whole new perspective, due to my limitations and a somewhat shorter lifespan. When your time is limited, it becomes far more important to spend that time wisely, than to find the meaning behind it all. It doesn’t really matter to me whose theory of creation is accurate. I just want to spend as much time enjoying life and helping others do the same as I can.
I have more empathy for others.
Before I became ill, I had a great deal of sympathy for the physically limited. Now, that sympathy has bloomed into empathy. I know what it’s like to literally not be able to get out of bed in the morning. I know what it’s like to need help sitting, standing, walking and getting dressed. I understand the need for those shower bars. Being ill has opened up a whole new world for me. I don’t resent it. I’m grateful for the insight it gives me.
I find inspiration in perseverance.
Struggling through the bad days is rough, for sure. It’s also quite inspirational. Who knew I had such strength and perseverance? I’m not bragging, but I am literally amazed by myself and my friends who are going through the same things. The amount of sheer willpower it takes to get through the simplest tasks now is incredible. Not many people get to experience that first hand. I consider myself lucky.
My accomplishments mean more now.
Life is no bowl of cherries, even when you’re well. I’m suffering from chronic pain and muscles that refuse to budge. Every little goal that I reach is so precious. The other day, I realized that I had climbed the two steps to our front door without an issue. It was like a revelation. How wonderful that I get to celebrate my small triumphs all day instead of waiting for huge milestones to release my joy.
Adversity inspires action.
Probably the best thing about the adversity experienced by the chronically ill is a constant inspiration to take action. “Normal” people only get these urges once in a while. For those of us fighting chronic illness, every day brings brings adversity, and therefore, an opportunity to triumph over it. We know what people are up against. We know the impact of environmental issues, bad diets, lack of exercise and lack of health care. We live it. Therefore, we are directly inspired to take action.
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