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.

13 thoughts on “Forging ahead

  1. “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))))


  2. 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.”


      • Indeed they do. But here’s the thing I know we could be cloned pretty easily. But imagine in that cloning we could identify and repair the genetic anomalies that cause our issues. The only drawback is transferring out consciousness to the clone. We’re not quite there yet. But imagine having the body of say a 20 year old with the knowledge and memories you have now. Having a good 20 to 30 years more life. Wouldn’t that be awesome.


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