Confident

Confidence starts with a positive and kind mindset. It shows when we trust ourselves to be vulnerable with our self-acceptance to others.

Show others you love yourself. Stop being afraid of it.

(Day 15) 

Living despite fear

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Three months ago - I laid on this table again to see where I was fractured. With two fractures behind me, I knew something felt wrong. When my PA showed me the X-rays, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me again. I wondered how many more times I’d find myself laying on this table every few years to see where my body had broken itself again. Angry, I thought, “why does this keep happening to me?” My PA and I talked about plans for healing this fracture and I held in my tears. Experience has made me a little tougher at handling life pausing news. Then I started asking him some deeper questions about my long term care. I think I cried harder than I ever have in a doctor's room.

I’m 24 (25 in two weeks) and I have a bone disease I have to deal with for the rest of my life. My bones are already breaking, and I am afraid of what my bones will be like when I’m 50. I start unraveling to my PA. “I’m so tired of breaking…I’m afraid I’ll never walked in New York City… I’ve dreamed about it since I was a little girl.. Will I ever be healthy enough to walk down a street in New York? I want to travel to London,” I cry and he tears up too. I’m fearful I’ll never get there and have those life experiences. I worry about my body breaking and/or being in too much pain to endure it. I’m fearful my best health is behind me at age 24 and I’ll never be better. My best chance to try to prevent my deepest fears about my body growing older is to keep myself healthy by eating well, exercises my muscles, staying flexible, and taking prescribed vitamins to give my bones the vitamins they reject. With tears in his eyes, my PA tells me what many people tell me when they hear my story, “you are so brave and strong for dealing with this the way you do at your age.” He continues by offering his advice for dealing with my fears and my medical condition - “You can’t let your fear keep you from living.”

This changed everything for me.

Although I have bad days and I still worry about my future, I’m more confident to live despite fear. I know I’m doing the best I can to give myself to best health, and I hope one day I’ll make to it NYC. I may have to take breaks every few blocks and rest on benches at all of the museums, but I can still experience it. Despite my disease, I’m still so capable. I can walk with both of my legs. I use my muscles. I wiggle my toes. And I can shake my booty when I want to. I’ve always been capable of doing this things and I’m more positive I always will. My disease isn’t life threatening, and for every fear I have, I have twice the amount of thankfulness for that. Living despite fear helps me be optimistic that my best days are ahead of me. This mindset shift is precious to me because it’s giving me an optimistic view for my precious life.

Three months on crutches has been tough on my patience. In one week, I go back to lay on the table and hope to hear good news. Even if I do need surgery, I know I’ll be even stronger after. I always am. But, right now, I am optimistic for the best.

Resting > hustling

Unpressured rest yields better results than hustling.
 
Throughout this project, I’ve tried my best to publish every single day. A lot of days, I’m not hitting "publish" until 11 p.m. when I’m using all of my exhausted energy to focus my eyes on my iPhone screen trying to type something (any thing). Some days I focus on longer pieces that require more days to edit and polish, so even though I’ve worked on writing that day, I still need something short to publish. Reading and consuming good input has become part of this project too, which takes time away from writing and leaves me without a post too. Lately, I’ve put in too much time into consuming and not enough time writing. This week I missed publishing three days in a row – my personal worst. In the past, my inner perfectionist would’ve considered missing a day a huge fail. I would’ve felt panicky to get anything together to publish even if it compromised my standard for “good enough” work. I’m proud that when I missed publishing three days this week, it didn’t bother me enough to consider it a failure. Instead, I’m just picking myself back up today and doing the work. Resting for a few days allowed me to write some notes for myself and refine some thoughts I've wanted to write. That wouldn't have happened if I was pushing myself to be perfect by publishing every day.

The beauty of this work is that I created it for myself. I can change it as I go and I can be as imperfect as I'd like. I keep remembering this quote by CJ Chilvers-

"Few people are really “following” your work. Even fewer care.
What are you doing with that freedom?" - CJ Chilvers, The Advantage of Invisibility 

(Day 17)

Inside out

An essentialist aesthetic is a byproduct of being clear on what I value, where I need space, and how an object can be useful or bring me joy. Having well-defined values takes priority over fitting into a minimalist mold. Eventually my outside appearance will best reflect my inside values. I have to work inside out. 

(Day 18)

really

While we live on social media, "realness" becomes the braver action than being over-curated. We crave, and love, to follow curated stories because it's beautiful, interesting, and perhaps too good to be true. But, what is more beautiful than a human trying their best to be really themselves in front of the Internet. 

A nonfiction story has an interesting edge over any fiction story. 

We live real stories. Sharing your realness could spark others to share their stories too. 

(Day 21)

Distractions

Keeping yourself busy when you’re feeling down can help you heal. The busy-ness can distract you from fixating on being sad, but you must find healthy ways to distract yourself.

Healthy distractions could include reading, journaling, exercising, or completing small projects like cooking a meal. These actions will allow your focus to shift from your worries or emotions to learning, releasing emotions, and taking care of yourself.

When you use healthy distractions you work towards a better you, even when if it is one action a day. 

It could make today feel a tiny bit better because you achieved something that was kind and positive for yourself. There is an added bonus that some action done today, could give you hope for a better tomorrow. 

(Day 22)

Grace Notes

'Grace Notes' is little series from my old blog I used to share all articles, videos, podcast, books, tv shows, movies, or anything else I've enjoyed lately. The links below are of things that made me stop to take note of them in my Field Notes. They make me think, encourage me, or make me smile. 

Starting this Sunday, I will write 'Grace Notes' most Sundays in addition to my daily post. 

(Day 27 make-up)