Let’s talk about strength for a moment.
Each day we are constantly faced with moments that will test our inner strengths. One thing I have learned during my Lyme journey is that we are stronger than we know! Some days it may feel like we are completely defeated and other days we may feel like the king of the world. In this life (Lyme or not), it’s always an unknown. So, with strength we learn how to better cope with what we are dealt with in our lives.
Trust and honesty are two of the most powerful strengths in this life, and yet sometimes the hardest to master. We must trust our bodies, trust the people we put into our lives, and the decisions we make daily. When we accept our truth, we then become honest with ourselves. We accept the cards we are dealt because just as Jack says, “You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you.” We must make each day count. That honesty will set you free.
When I am having a tough day, week, or month I always find that somehow, by some grace of God I wake to another day, ready to fight; I call that strength. Most people with Lyme will attest to the constant pain and weakness we face. During a bad flare, it can feel like you can’t get out of bed or even face the day. I always push myself to get to work in the morning and be strong even though my body is fighting me to not move. When I get there sometimes, I feel like I’m there at my desk, stuck in a world of pain, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up.
Today was a tougher day, but as the day went on it seemed to have gotten easier. That’s when I decided I wanted to focus on strength tonight. Today I wanted to give in, I was going to call out of work, stay home and drown in the pain, but I didn’t. I went in and I finished the whole day. I call that a strength.
On days that are tough we must remind ourselves more than ever that we are stronger than we know. We are strength just by being here and existing on this Earth together. No matter what we go through each day or how intense the challenges are we always persevere and end up stronger than we were the day before.
They say there is strength in numbers, right? It is excellent and very important to have a strong support system around you. But strength in numbers doesn’t always have to be about the people in your life or how large your support system is. It can about something much simpler than that! I consider little daily achievements to matter most and to bring us the most strength. Making it through the work day, cooking dinner for you and your spouse, taking the dog for a walk, or even just brushing your teeth; these are all tasks that guide you through your day. Some days it might feel impossible to do these little tasks, but when you complete them, I call that strength.
Without all these experiences you wouldn’t be the strong individual you are today. Don’t forget we are all are fighters and together we can rise above and become stronger with each step.
“So even when your bones feel like weights and it’s hard to lift the smile on your perfect face. You can still find a peaceful place close your eyes until you’re floating up in outer space. It’ll be alright, they’re just jealous of your highs so they can knock you down, but like the air you can Rise” – S. Gomez