The Adept Adapter Chapter
Today’s Words of Wisdom:
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
The Foda’s Take: This popular quote seems intuitive, but it can really clash with human kind’s imbedded resistance to change. It goes back to our hunter and gatherer days: if you feel relatively safe camped out somewhere, you don’t want to move. The problem with this is that we often wind up accepting what we have because we’re scared to risk landing somewhere worse while reaching for something better. Kind of like a monkey. We don’t like to let go of one branch until we can clearly see the next. Stupid monkey.
Top o’ the morning to ya, Friends! It’s a super foggy day out today, all damp and white skies. In my house, we call this a MacBeth day. So I’m sitting here with my sweet little apple computer, listening to the birds outside my window, and thinking about my upcoming doctor’s appointment. And suddenly, just like in the end of Return of the Jedi, Yoda and Ben appear on either side of me like my very own special shoulder angels! I KNOW. Crazy.
“Why do I always get so nervous my treatment’s going to change?” I wonder pensively.
“Maybe because you know what you’re getting into with your current regimen,” Ben muses.
“That’s true,” I concede. “It’s still scary, though.”
“But mostly every method possible of treatment, done, have you not?” Yoda croaks.
“Yup, yup, that is true, I have done a lot over the years,” I agree.
“So why be anxious about change?” Ben persists. “If something isn’t working, shouldn’t you be embracing that?”
Sigh. “Alright, be gone, Jedi, you’re getting a little too smug for your own good.” I wave my hand, and they disappear, back to wherever… dead Jedi masters… go……
I know it’s silly to want so badly for your life to change and still be scared of where that journey can take you. Maybe because I’ve been on the lower end of the roller coaster for a long time now, and I’m getting used to expecting the other shoe to drop. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t learn how to adapt and roll with the punches, even when I’m physically restricted, right?
My physical shell just can’t be flexible right now. Once Upon a Lyme… (heehee? get it?) Once upon a Lyme, I was an athlete. Now I’m sidelined… but that doesn’t mean I have an excuse to stop training or evolving. I’ve just been thinking my muscles aren’t able to handle it right now. But I was counting out one of the biggest muscles of all. MY BIG BRAWNY BRAIN, BABY! You see, I can’t run barefoot through the surf or sprint up the steps all “Rocky” style. <30 second break while you hum the theme song in your head….Da doo-doo dooooooooo. Doo-doo doooooooooo…….> but I can train my brain! After all, life has already set up the obstacle course for me. (So kind of you, life-y!) Liiiike, you know, getting out of bed. Or taking a shower. Consciously focusing on the positive. Or, well, moving.
Sidebar- Mandalf laughed his rump off the other day when I said to him: “Sorry honey, I need a minute. Taking that shower really tapped me out.” Sometimes we just gotta laugh about these things… Which brings me to announce the coming soon arrival of my new segment for this website called: The Chronic Funnies. Each week, there will be a new picture, cartoon, or life quote relating to a chronic illness with a dash of humor. Like I said, sometimes when you’ve cried enough, it doesn’t hurt to give laughter a try! Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You!
But I digress. The point is, my physical obstacles are already set up. And while there’s only so much I can do about it body-wise, I do have a choice of how I approach them mentally. And if you believe anything about the existence of the mind-body connection (and with all the placebo studies out there proving the power of the human brain, how could you not) then the hope is that the more you train your brain to adapt and work within your parameters, the healthier and happier you’ll become as a whole.
Now I know what you’re thinking, those of you who have conditions that come with excessive fatigue, brain fog, and/or chronic pain. I already have to work so hard every moment of my life just to get through the day- the idea of having to work out my brain as well is just too overwhelming to even contemplate! Yeah, I hear you. I felt this way for a long time. And to be honest, the only reason why I’m here, willing to go for it, is because after 3 years of being sick, and the past 6 months of being debilitatingly so, I’m finally ready to take control and put the effort into what I can do, instead of being overrun by what I can’t. So if you’re not there yet, you have my permission to click away….. NOW.
Oh, you’re still here? Aww, you big sugar-muffin-honey-fly! High five! <THWACK!>
So this week, I’m going to do a few things. I’m going to stay curious, even when my symptoms scare me. I’m going to be conscious of how my mind can adapt to situations to help balance the inflexibility of my condition. And I’m going to cake it until I make it… oh, sorry, I mean fake it until I make it. Because sometimes starting a new habit and making a new choice just takes some time and repetition before it feels organic. Besides, I’m off that sweet, sweet, sugary goodness…. Mmmmm. Cake. Yummmm.
Anyway, I hope you join me in trying to find ways to swing, bounce, and slide to home plate around your mental obstacle course this week. And as always, if you find a method that works well for you, share the love, people! And if not, well, if you’re not on a sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free diet like me… well, there’s always cake.
Sayonara, sweet thaaaannnggg!