I just wanted to take a brief moment to send some new year thoughts the way of you all, my readers & friends.
This has been a difficult and challenging year for me in so many ways, to say the least, but there has been an astonishing saving grace - my blossoming friendships with all of you!! I couldn't begin to know just how hard this year would've been had the ME & chronic illness community not opened it's arms, welcomed me in, and supported me through each of the many, many bumps in the road. (not to mention allowing me the privilege of doing the same for many of you!!) I honestly feel that all I've learned in the last 15yrs, of living from day to day, relying always on hope to strengthen me, might have fallen away if I hadn't had this grounding, and rooting, in our community.
I feel like I've found a new family, & it was the perfect timing, the perfect solution. It's been a long time since I felt so understood and accepted ... and whilst it's kind of a sad sign of our time, that so few of us find that support in our homes, families, work and social groups, I think it's incredible and rather wondrous that people in so much need themselves regularly take the time to encourage, support and love others in need!!!
If there's one resolution most of us probably need to make this year, it's to see the good, the selflessness, the strength and the courage in ourselves and be proud of it! We may be sick & disabled, we may lead very limited lives, society as a whole may think we have little to offer - but darn it, they're wrong!!!! We have so much to give. We are of priceless value, each of us completely and totally unique! So take a moment to look in the mirror, and see the real you - not the you society chooses to see - and be proud of, and yes, even love yourself!!!
"Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Taken!"
~ Oscar Wilde ~
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