Sooooooooo…this is why I am doing this

Oki. This blog is not going to be about me whining on about my life, or various challenges.

What it will be, is my way of finding solutions, overcoming any hurdles and making the most of every day.

So many of us get completely absorbed in our working life, family, home and we lose sight of what it is to truly live. I am not able to go out and start skydiving, and I do have to go to work every day to pay the bills, but there is so much more to life than the repetitive, monotony that is being a grownup.

I have had eighteen months of what can only be described as “challenges”. It all started when I prolapsed 2 discs in my back (still kept going to work), then 6 months later my hands started to seize up, the joints swelling and excrutiating pain. This moved on to pain in all of my joints and bones and a year later, I have a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, further tests being done on my joints, tendons and ligaments, an arrhythmia for which I am going to have to have a portable heart monitor for 24 hours (already had the bloods done) and as of today, the routine op to remove a lump in my back has had to be referred to be done under a general anaesthetic as it is too big to remove under a local.

I always used to be so healthy, but in the past 18 months, it has all gone pear-shaped and if it has taught me anything, it is that life cannot be wasted. We take our health and well-being so much for granted that we work hard every day and focus on our day to day lives and worries whilst missing the main point. To “live”

I am really lucky though, as an army child, I was lucky enough to travel the world and see so many things. As a teenager, I moved out of home young and lived life to it’s fullest. Even through my twenties, I was surrounded by long-term friends that made the difficulties of that decade bearable and stuck by me even when I moved 300 miles to get away from the town in which I lived. I look back on all of that time and the wonderful times I had, and indeed, the serious adversities I overcame and I am grateful that I had the chance to really live. The last 5 years since I moved have passed by in a blur with some wonderful adventures, and yes, my friends are still there with a few more added for good measure.

However, the last 18 months have battered my health and as I said, I have had a wak up call in that I need to stop and re-assess how I live my life. I don’t want to stop working, and I sure as hell do not want to stop having adventures. I haven’t been out on adventures since May and this may be the result of a touch of cabin fever, but I see it as a way to re-focus and to re-build my life.

So, maybe you will read this and be interested, maybe not, but I am grateful if you have read it at all xx

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