Friday, December 31, 2010
Things I have learned this year
I thought I would take a few moments and share some of the things I have learned this year. I wish that I could add "Patience" to the top of my list but that would be a lie. However I would say the "ability to adapt" has been a gift. From a caregivers point of view it is the most valuable tool. A couple of years ago barely a day passed that didn't involve tears. I was trying to make Mom's disease fit into my life. Eventually I learned that I needed to adapt my life to fit Mom's disease and things are going much smoother. There have been some bumps in the road but overall we are coping.
Everyday is different. What worked like a charm yesterday could be a flaming disaster today. But I have learned to roll with it. And a dark and twisty sense of humour doesn't hurt.
I have also learned that some things can wait. My house isn't always as clean and tidy as it should be, and sometimes I miss a deadline and I don't get to spend as much time with my friends as I would like but for now this is where I have to be.
And most importantly I have learned that you can develop the most wonderful, caring, supportive friendships with people you have never met face to face or ever have heard their voice but they become a part of what holds you up.
Happy New Year to all.