Getting the best from my life
Enjoying life, it is the reason to get out of bed each morning. Okay I do have a few problems but hey who doesn’t? I’ve had multiple sclerosis for over two thirds of my life and now I’m medically retired. I’m still learning the art of getting the best from my life.
The biggest game changer
Medical retirement was a snap decision. Suddenly it was obvious to me I couldn’t carry on working. Work had been my life for so long. Now every part of my life was turned upside down and inside out. It was an almighty game changer.
So it took me two years to even start to think what this meant to me, being at home 24 X 7. I had worked abroad as a contractor. Consequently virtually no work friends and friends at home were The Wife’s friends. I now threw all my energies into my website aid4disabled but I didn’t really know what I was doing.
I suppose it’s a bit like a deaf person saying to someone who is blind ‘Show me the way home’. Or perhaps its me trying not to stumble and fall.
Back to the here and now
Sometimes I struggled to find a purpose in my life. It’s the wretched MS, it steals things from me without my noticing. Almost like a pickpocket. Skills just go into the thin air. Recently I have lost the ability to write more than a few words at once. My typing was never very good so I have invested in Dragon dictation software. A good result and I’m slowly getting the hang of it.
Use it or lose it
That seems to be the mantra that everyone is preaching. When I get a chance I do go out and play bridge but I have not yet found a regular partner. There is a small club in town and I must be the youngest wrinkly there. I do find it very satisfying to bid and make a game contract. There is a genuine feeling of achievement.
Going out for a walk
No that is an overstatement I manage a 400 to 600 m shuffle with my Rollator. It’s got to be on a flat pavement or road with no camber or uneven bits that could trip me up. I would hesitate to call it exercise but I do find it very rewarding.
I have been taking photos with my mobile phone. It really is ever so easy to use. Whip it out of your pocket, point, tap and snap. You might even have seen some of the pictures on my twitter page. I have been making threats to The Wife that I want something bigger and better. Well I have just bought myself a second-hand Sony 3000 digital SLR. At the moment it’s still in the box and I’ve got to read the instructions.
For me the solution seems to be getting out and doing things for myself. There are quite a few reasons why this isn’t always easy for me. I won’t bore you with them suffice to say this is all because of MS. None the less I am definitely getting there and I’m enjoying myself once again.