Be open to trying something new
Ever since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and more recently fibromyalgia, my approach to life has had to be different out of necessity. I have to plan everything but also take everyday as it comes. I can easily plan to do something and then wake up late after a bad nights sleep, feeling awful, unable to face the day. It has also allowed me to try things I would never have done. I try new foods and drinks that I would never have tried before. I'm writing this blog from Starbucks, trying a green tea latte, its really nice. First time for everything I suppose. The biggest thing I've tried is my artwork, something that would have just stayed a casual hobby at best, before. I would work 70 hour weeks, before my diagnosis, too busy for anything else. Too focused on doing a good job and not letting myself, the company, the client or my family down. I very suddenly changed that to feeling like I was letting my family down and my new employer who had put a lot of faith in my abilities. Now I have come to terms with it more and I am making progress with my art that I should've done it so much sooner. I don't suppose that I will ever earn anything like what I was earning before but I am so much more relaxed and able to cope with life. Weirdly I embrace my RA, it has given me a new life that I love. Whilst I am held back physically, digitally, I can touch all corners of the globe. I have had experiences that I wouldn't have had before, I've been described as an inspiration, which is truly humbling. My wellbeing is so much better for it. My boyhood friend, wingman and best man, recently passed away, we hadn't seen each other for a while and it came as a shock to me. This has prompted me to re-evaluate life, I'm getting a tattoo in his honour and I'm working on some new art, inspired by our life together. Anyway, I digress, always be open to something new, no matter if it's good or bad, you will never know where it will take you or how it will shape your life.