A popular song in the 1980’s, by The Cars. Even if it’s just a song about dancing, it reminds me to shake up my life. Whether we like it or not, life is all about change and shaking things up. I was pretty happy with my life, just going along with my routines that are easy to get stuck in, and necessary when you have children and a job, when BOOM…ALS shook up my life. One thing about living with ALS, is that it causes constant changes in your life. You are forced to adapt to the changes with the loss of each and every muscle. I am still trying to accept that my life is constantly changing. I am not sure why most of us have so much trouble accepting change. Maybe because we usually view change as a negative thing. But even a negative change can bring further positive changes. If I had not been diagnosed with ALS, I would have probably never cut back my full time job to working part time, even though that’s what I always wanted to do. And, probably never would have quit working all together. I would have probably never taken so many wonderful vacations with my family either. We would not have moved into a new house. I would have never met the same people I have met in the past 19 years. The list goes on and on.
My husband and I recently purchased a new(ish) RV. Being able to take long trips in the RV will really shakeup our routine. My new(ish) blog really shook things up! Shake things up, even if it’s in a small way. I recently started spending more of my days sitting on my chaise in the family room using my iPhone, rather than sitting in my wheelchair in the computer room using my computer. That small change has made my body more comfortable, given me a better view of the outdoors, so I can spend more time bird watching and less time surfing the internet. Do whatever you can to shake things up, and learn to accept change and view it as a good thing.