I am pretty sure that WEGO Health did not have the somewhat awful movie "The Hard Way" in mind when they were creating the Day 17 #HAWMC post. However, I have spent over 5 of the 15 mintues I should be writing doing nothing but thinking about it; in fact I can not stop thinking about the film that "starred" Michael J. Fox and James Woods.
There have been many lessons that I have learned as a 44 year old woman living with Lupus. A lesson that I learned that hard way was acknowledging and accepting the limitations (aka: realities) that my chronic illness creates for me. An example would be that I am limited due to my Lupus because I am photosensitive- I may not be able to "bake" in the sun to get essential Vitamin D directly from worshipping the sun but I have found a way to enjoy my time in the shade. I no longer feel like I am missing out. Aside from taking Vitamin D supplements, I get an airbrushed tan when I truly need to have a bronzed glow. There is nothing healthy about wrinkled skin- forget about the increased chances for skin cancer and premature aging. This is an example of how I take a limit from Lupus and transform it into a blessing. I am avoiding the risk of skin cancer and I look good without weathering my fragile skin.
Another lesson, though it does not realte to my health focus: don't waste your time on the movie "The Hard Way". If you want to see Michael J. Fox in a train wreck of a movie,. watch him and Joan Jett in "Light of Day". The title may seem inspiring and the title song and soundtrack capture the essence of bad late 80's rock. This is coming from a true and devoted fan of Michael J. Fox and most of his work. (Overshare alert: I even have a pair of purple Calvin Klein underwear autographed by him framed on the wall of my office.)
To be fair, Michael J. Fox was not the only actor from "The Hard Way" who has made bad movie choices. James Woods was in a movie called "True Believer" and since I am using movie titles to help me convey the lessons I have learned in today's post, one lesson I have learned is that no one will believe in you unless you believe in yourself. Believing in myself was close to impossible for me when I was first diagnosed. It was easy to believe what I was told at the so-called support groups. I chose to believe that I would find a way to create a life with Lupus. So here I am writing a snarky post hoping to share a lesson with you. I believe that whether you believe you are going to find your path to wellness or whether you believe that your condition will suffocate your life away. What you believe will find a way to become your reality. I am not a doctor, nor do I claim that this "believing thing" will guarantee you a healthy life, but I can tell you that it is working for me.
Whether you learn The Hard Way I hope you know that by being a True Believer you can find the Light of Day in your daily challenges!
I suppose I got a bit snarky in this post. One post at a time, conquering the challenge. Today's WEGO Health #HAWMC Prompt: Learned the Hard Way. What's a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about if for 15 today.