I see all around me great bravery great feats and achievements. Some people are climbing mountains others are running marathons, there are magnificent painters and artists of all different types producing amazing expressionfull creative pieces.
All these people living with Parkinson's Disease have found a way of managing or coping through these gifts and talents, that is a wondrous thing indeed.
However I am not one of them. And in the face of such bravery and motivation does it make me feel that I don't deal with my Parkinson's as effectively or us impressively as others? indeed one could view their successes as a measure for my own failure. I have been thinking this overnight trapped in my body in my usual night-time paralysis. The thing about comparisons is that we can make the mistake of comparing apples and pears. I truly believe that the sucess of living with this condition lies in one thing and one thing alone. It is and will remain my primary Focus above anything else, it is simply happiness.
The power of happiness is so strong that it can transcend any physical hardship or frustration this I know is absolutely true. Laughter joy and fun melt away my Parkinson's like a piece of ice under a blowtorch it simply evaporates.
My happiness comes from what I call tiny big things it's those things which are accessible to all of us they don't require any Talent they don't require any massive challenge they don't require me to be brave inspiring a motivational they simply require me to recognise them for what they are.
Today my tiny big things include going to the vegetable market and buying the best leeks you could possibly eat the biggest cauliflower and the crunchiest apples. I am also going to walk albeit slowly to the post office to collect my husband's parcel but on the way I'm going to make a point of stopping and speaking to people laughing sharing a joke and smiling. I might even stop at the local cafe and spend £2 on the creamiest most indulgent hot chocolate you can have. And if that isn't enough when I get home I might even watch an episode of Star Trek.
My TBT world is absolutely perfect for me.
Have a good day where ever you are whatever you do.