About year ago I wrote a blog called Get Happy where i chronicled the pertinacious on-line call to be “positive”. Here’s an excerpt from that piece:
In the last few years, I’ve spent more time in on-line support groups for people with Parkinson’s. I’m not sure if my observations hold true for others with a chronic disease but I suspect they do. While the daily “rabble” may vary, there are certain consistencies – the motivational poster of the day, the prayer to a higher power, the pharmaceutical query and the ailment-of-the-day.
From time to time, there is a person who expresses despair or lashes out at their circumstances and this wicked condition called Parkinson’s. Yet, without a doubt, the overall emphasis or tone that is struck is to “be positive”. Don’t dwell on the negative. Seize the moment. Be active. Get outside. Come on, get happy!!
I can understand that. I realize that it’s important to our mental health to be positive. I get it. But some days I don’t. Some days I want to be angry. Some days I want to rail out against PD. Some days I wonder how I’m going to continue. Some days I can’t see my way past the pain. I don’t want to “get happy” – to placate my condition or my feelings of hurt. I don’t want to wallow in self-pity but I do need to acknowledge these feelings – even if I have no solution or resolution at hand.
Well, not a lot has changed since I wrote this but, it is Easter and spring is threatening to return to these parts – how can one help but not be somewhat more optimistic? . How can one resist the vibrant colours, the (anticipated) warmth, the absolute glory of a full sun?
The other event that is on the near horizon is Parkinson’s Awareness Month which begins in but a few days. This year, I am planning a full 30-day program acknowledging some of the ways PD has impacted my life. I promise to capture some of the optimism of spring in this review though some of the sentiments have been brewing through a long cold winter! I’ll spare you, dear reader, from a daily barrage of missives but will give you a weekly blog for your edification starting April 1. Come on now, let’s get happy 😉
BREAKING NEWS! A new web-series, Challenges & Change by The Green Planet Monitor, features an interview with me in its’ first episode. You can listen to it here.
The Green Planet Monitor is published by Earth Chronicle Productions, a Canadian multimedia company specializing in global environment, development and social justice issues.