Please click the link above to read the article entitled “How Chronic Pain Has Made Me Happier”!
I had some kind of epiphany while reading this! I was skeptical reading the title but surprised at how much I related. I’ve been dealing with chronic pain for five years now. I realized that every time I have traveled solo somewhere new has been since dealing with this pain. I don’t know if I would have ever spurred myself to make decisions without having dealt with this. It seems unrelated, but in reality, I push myself even further now that I struggle. I refuse to settle. I also find myself taking much better care of myself. Part of this is learning to really appreciate what I do have and making myself comfortable without beating myself up over it like I might have before. So on one hand I push myself further to go out and accomplish more, on the other I push myself less to avoid over taxing myself. Sounds strange but it balances out to something where I think honestly I do have a more enjoyable life than before when I was just coasting through day to day. Hard to explain but I related a lot to this article. Maybe someone else out there can relate as well.