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A couple of things crossed my mind as I read Mel's post. One is a saying I've long-used yet seldom followed: We work to live- we don't live to work. I guess I've got too much of my mother's influence in me- she being the one of 62 years and holding down 2 full-time jobs. I often spend 2 full-time jobs' worth of hours on one job and suffer some fairly serious consequences for it.
I'm somewhat of a walking paradox, you see. 43 years old and never had the flu. Never had strep throat, never bronchitis. No childhood diseases like chicken pox that I know would really mess me up today.
As I've spoken of before, I do have epilepsy, though. And narcolepsy. And sleep apnea. And a peripheral mononeuropathy that doesn't serve my right leg too well.
The narcolepsy's gotten worse and/or my tolerance for my medication has gotten to high, and I can't stay awake for anything. I push, push, push, yet can't get anything done.
My body's a wreck and so are my finances- yet I know I have to remember that I'm not in control of a dang thing. It's a daily struggle, and one I hope all will pray I pull out of at some point.
He She Was Convinced He She Had It Under Control
The other thing that I've thought about here is this: as Americans, we need to remember that our women are stressed, too.
The days of Dad being Mr. Sole Provider as Mom hangs out at home cleaning until it's time to get dinner ready have long passed us by. Heck, there are far, far too many homes where Dad hasn't bothered to stick around and take care of his kids and their mother period- and the woman's lucky when she can count on other family members to pick up that loser's slack.
Aside from simply sticking around, though, guys, we have two jobs to handle (no pun intended):
1) We must realize that women can have work-related stress, too- and suffer all its consequences, and
2) We must create an environment where women know that we know it- and that slowing down is OK sometimes.
We're still working on gender equity across a number of fronts, America. We look to instill it in our daughters' heads that it's OK to be whatever they want to be in life- and that'll allow them to live more successful ives. But we also need to instill in them the knowledge that it's OK to slow down, too- for that's what will help them live longer lives.
She was convinced she had it under control... or so she thought! Sometimes life deals you a bad deck and you still have to play it...
For the past couple of months, my heart has been beating over 100+ beats a minute, all day, every day. It's like running a marathon 24/7. You'd think I would've noticed when I was short of breath and totally exhausted... but no, I just kept on running.
I had a real estate business to run, I had an MLS to run, I had a restaurant to run. After awhile, you simply run out of energy to keep on running. Have you ever felt that way? I have, but mostly because of my Graves Disease. It has a mind of it's own and it raises its ugly head when I least expect it. I was convinced I had it under control, but it taught me a big lesson these last few weeks and now I'm paying attention.
For the past 5 years, I've managed my disease without medication through a healthy lifestyle. Although, it's difficult to maintain a stress-free life when you're responsible for so many working parts. Last week, my doctor told me that my disease was in a toxic stage and if I didn't take the meds it could be life threatening. That got my attention! Add a couple of tumors to that equation and you've got a pretty alarming wake-up call.
My body was in a HYPER state and it needed rest. I've spent the last 10 days resting and re-evaluating my crazy schedule. Sometimes, we get so damn busy that we forget to pay attention to what our miraculous bodies are telling us. Some of you have been there and done that and you know exactly what I'm talking about. Don't be like me and wait until you're hit over the head with a sledge hammer to get it (some of us are slow learners). Our business and our busyness can wait... our health cannot. Take care of yourself... I'm going to ;)
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