Being Chronically ill has many challenges not excluding losing hope for making your dreams come true. This does not have to be the case. If before you became ill you had passions and dreams you should never give up on them. Doing so gives your illness power over you. You may have limitations and will have to modify how to obtain your dreams or follow your passions but that is something you can view as a challenge and overcoming that challenge is very empowering. Your dreams, hopes, and aspirations are YOURS and no one or nothing should ever take that away from you!
Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.
When first diagnosed with any physically limiting illness the last thing on your mind is your life goals, passions, and dreams. Just functioning can be so exhausting that you have nothing left at the end of the day. Once symptom management begins you can start to focus on your dreams and passions once again. If your dream is to run a marathon and you are diagnosed with CFIDS obviously you are going to have to adapt and modify your dream. You may no longer be a marathon runner but you can organize runs for charity events or even coach. Although it is not the same as running a marathon you are still involved in what you are passionate about. There is a reason why you are passionate about what you are passionate about and even though you might not fulfill your passion they way you imagined, you might be surprised how fulfilling it is for you to still follow that passion in a different way.
“If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”
~John R. Miller
It may take you longer to reach your dreams because of having to adapt that specific dream to your new circumstances but the fulfillment will be even greater! Chronic illness teaches you to appreciate things that healthy people take for granted. Every little step you take towards your goal will be so rewarding for you! Also when you are focused on the things you love like your passions you won’t have as much time to think about your pain or not feeling well. It will distract you from that which is another benefit!
What are your passions and dreams? Did you give them up after you became ill? Have you followed your passions and dreams after becoming ill? What advise would you give to someone that is just starting their journey? Please leave your comments bellow!
Follow your dream…
Take one step at a time and don’t settle for less.
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream…
If you stumble, don’t stop and lose sight of your goal.
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view
Can we see what we’ve done and what we can do
Can we then have the vision to seek something new
Follow your dream.