Forging ahead

Two qualities that have served me well are Endurance and Perseverance (aka Grit.)

When you have a chronic illness you have to make a choice early on as to how you’re going to handle it. With despair or with determination. My pragmatism demands I accept the things I cannot change, so I just grit me teeth and get through it.

The same holds true for the rest of my life. Whenever things get seemingly unbearable, I try to focus on a point in time ahead that I will be past whatever it is that’s vexing me, and steel myself to endure until I make it through and get there. (Retirement, for example.) What might appear as confidence or contentment on the surface, is really just my acceptance of the inevitable: it is what it is and my only way out is through.

After all, I figure, if other people can find a way to forge through life, overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, and getting through everything life has thrown at them, why shouldn’t I?

And at least I get to do it with cute puppies.

See? Always a silver lining.

12 thoughts on “Forging ahead

  1. My traits are brainiac and Grit. And understand on the health issues thing. My spine is an utter mess. When I read the MRI report I was like “Well, this doesn’t surprise me.”

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  2. “The only way out is through.” Reminds me of when I was in labor with my son and things got Really Uncomfortable™. I realized the only way this child was gonna be born was to get through this pain. It worked. He turns 30 a month from today. We survived.
    I hope your health improves soon. ((((Hugs))))

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