This Thursday, May 12th, will be a quiet day for me. It’s Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. I’ll do what I usually do: strive to thrive, make it through another day, try to find ways to make a living, find balance, take better care of myself, wonder what the rest of the world is doing beyond my computer screen, etc. Still, this year’s theme is “Your Voice Matters”, so I am writing today because I will likely not remember to do so on Thursday, whether by natural absent-mindedness or fibrofog.
However, there isn’t really much that I have to write about fibromyalgia today beyond the fact that it annoys me that WordPress’ word processor does not recognize the words fibromyalgia and fibrofog. Then again, it doesn’t even recognize the name WordPress, so perhaps I ought not to complain.
Well, I am ten years (by my symptoms) or eight years (by diagnosis) into this illness. Because of fibromyalgia, each day presents unique opportunities for me to learn more about myself, particularly my level of tolerance for the world around me and my position in it. Even though I have had to make unexpected changes in my life and goals for my life, I am a far better human being because of it.
I cannot stress it enough: my illness has made me more human.
When you are usually on top, it is easy to spend your time looking down on others without ever realizing that you are doing it. When you always have, you don’t understand the perspectives of those who do not. When you only know yourself as competent, you cannot fathom the handicaps of others. When overachieving is all you ever do, you can never understand the satisfaction of mediocrity.
Fibromyalgia has taught me about my blind arrogance. It has shoved me off a very high platform and asked me to find my way back up.
I have accepted that challenge.
The challenge is neither to become blind once more nor to fight against fibromyalgia. The challenge is to love, learn and live, embracing who you are, who others are, and especially who you decide to be.
On may 12th, if you have fibromyalgia or know someone who does, take a moment in your day to pause and appreciate what you have, who you are, and what you can do to make a difference in the lives around you.
Until Next Time,