As I have said many times in my past articles, life is complex and complicated with MS. It’s a never ending rollercoaster ride that I am certain we would all disembark if we had the chance. The feeling of glee when flying along that coaster track never comes. It seems that the stomach dropping free-fall feeling is ceaseless. So with the happy moments of life with MS fleeting and rare, what is it that makes us smile when we want nothing more than to fall into a heap of tears at the end of the day? For me, it’s the small things.
My calendar is chock full of medical appointments for various doctors and specialists. I won a perverse lottery and ended up with both MS and a Chronic Migraine condition. People tell me if it weren’t for bad luck I would have no luck at all. I think of it a little differently than that. I tell people that it is what it is, we all have our crosses to bear in this lifetime and mine just happen to be a little bigger than most.
I think when you have MS, or any other illness (chronic or not) your thinking tends to shift. It’s no longer about the grand gestures or waiting for the big moments in life. It’s about the small things. The every day things that most take for granted. Waking up each day is a gift that no one should take for granted. Getting another day at life, another chance to make your mark is not something to take lightly. I know that MS is overwhelming, and so many other things, but believe me when I say it is only a small part of us! Yes, we have a few more obstacles and hurdles but when we cross the finish line we will know that we gave the race all we had! So join me my friends and enjoy all the small things this life holds for us!