A few months ago a “friend” said to me, “Business comes first, friendship second”. This absolutely stunned me. It made me wonder who would be there for her on a bad day, who would be there in the future, etc. For me it falls more into this order: health, friendship, business. Due to my Gastroparesis, health has to come before absolutely everything. I’m starting to figure out an equation that works for me and I am determined to stick to it. (I’m now knocking on every piece of wood in the house so that I didn’t just jinx myself with that statement.)
The photo below states my new mantra.
My goal is to have an amazing quality of life in spite of Gastroparesis. If that means resetting my goals in life, then so be it. What does a making a living mean if it is killing you in the process? Shouldn’t you have some energy left at the end of the day to be able to see your friends, to talk to your family, to play fetch with your dog? On April 1st (yes, April Fool’s day), I decided to look at 4/1/2013 forward. I decided to start analyzing every aspect of my life to determine how I could make it better. How could I simplify my life? How could I set myself up for long-term success in spite of Gastroparesis? I have pinpointed a few areas and am hopeful that the necessary chain of events will occur in order for this new path to come to fruition.
For the first time in a LONG time, I am beginning to feel like there is a bright light on the horizon and sunny days ahead. I’m hopeful that this time around that the path will be a direct one and will not take me a long time to reach the horizon. Only time will tell, but I will continue to stay positive and focus on what I can control.
No matter how many months go by, I will be dumbfounded over how narrow of a worldview some people can have. I will be dumbfounded over how some people will put their career and climbing of the corporate ladder as a priority over everything else in their life. In this regard, I am thankful that I have Gastroparesis. It makes you extremely happy for the little things in life and makes you realize just how amazing your friends are that stick around!
Thanks to all of my friends who have been a HUGE support to me over the past week as I have been working through charting my new course in life! You give me strength every day without even realizing it!