How I wish that I could turn back the clock and re-visit those times, spend more quality moments with the people, and stop to smell the roses along the way.
My world has significantly narrowed in the last few years. Mobility issues keep me cloistered either at work or at home these days. Pain zaps the energy from me every minute of every day. There is no relief, even when I sleep.
My interpersonal contact has been reduced to my co-workers and my nuclear family. The social butterfly in me yearns for interaction with others. Online chatting fills the void a bit but it is not a replacement to spending in-person time with a wider circle of people.
I depend on others to help me with the simplest tasks. At first, it was hard for me to admit that I need help. My limitations are still frustrating and hard to accept some days.
In spite of all this, there are still areas of growth for me in the smaller world where I reside. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not all bad, just different. Not always an easy perspective to have, I must admit.
I did not intend this to be a soliloquy of how terrible my life is, although at this point you may be thinking I'm a bit of a whiner. There are lots of positive things that have entered into my world too and I cherish every single one of them. I see them from a new perspective.
I guess the lesson that I'm trying to pass along to everyone is to not take anything for granted, to live each day to the fullest, and to appreciate all the ups and downs of daily living. One day, you will miss them and look back wishing you had taken advantage of an unexpected opportunity, or spent time with someone who is no longer with us.
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