While we are all familiar with the phrase “do not count your chickens before they hatch,” sometimes when you are always sick, you need to. Chronic illnesses are not only a physical burden, they are mentally exhausting, and emotionally draining. You cannot take a day off from chronic illness, and it leaks into every area of your life. If you stop making plans, it can feel like life is over.
This is why I make lists. I like to make lists about pretty much everything! One list is of all the places I want to visit. Another is about what helps me calm myself. I write lists for life that are more extensive than most people’s grocery lists. Then when I am stuck on bed rest, fatigued, sick, or just down in the dumps, I read my lists, add to them, or write new ones. Even lists about chores give me new goals.
I have to keep making plans, even if I do not get to finish them all at once, or at all. Making plans, lists, and plans based upon lists, is helping me live in the present. My plans helps me quell the fear that I will not have tomorrow.
Do you have a chronic illness? How do you handle fear of the future? What do you do to stay grounded in the present?
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