I am a big TV and movies fan. I do not deny it. I do not try to hide it. I refuse to apologize for it. I would be perfectly happy sitting on a comfortable couch and watching my favorite TV shows or a movie, doing absolutely nothing else and worrying about nothing. Or going to the movies and indulging in the beauty and magic of the big screen – ideally sharing a huge bucket of popcorn with a friend or a loved one and immersing myself in the world that the film I happen to be watching creates. Oh, and no cultural productions and deep thought movies – I like Hollywood and the blunt entertainment it offers.
The pace of modern life can take its toll on any one person, no matter how strong or happy with the life they are leading. It is at times like those, when the hectic rhythm of life and our every day routine become a overwhelming, that you just need to get away from it all. Away from screens, phones, messages, social media – the works.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and despite having promised that I would post a third post as part of my #WorldMSDay tirade I found myself being overwhelmed by the MS. So, this being the first day in a while that the “fog” has cleared up (not gone, but at least it’s not as bad), here goes.
Today we’ll discuss treatment options, and which might be best.
Today is #WorldMSDay. The actual day I was talking about in my post on Monday. In that post I urged people to go out today (or any day they want to for that matter), and talk to someone with MS. Have them explain what life is like for them, and how their life goes on despite the difficulties.
And two of my colleagues followed that advice!
Today was not a very good day. Or rather, it was a good and productive day, I just didn’t make it to work. Being “confined” at home meant I had some time to take care of things, and then read all those posts, websites, articles that I have been saving over the past weeks. And I came to the realisation that there is just too much clutter around.
I know that this breaks my unofficial “post every fortnight” rule, but I came across a story today that I just had to comment on.
During my afternoon browsing of news apps on my phone, specifically going through my feed on the BBC app, I came across this story, a blog post shared by BBC Trending. Long story short, the story outlines how pro-Kremlin Komsomolskaya Pravda supports or describes the disapproval of and ostracism of disabled people.
It’s amazing what a person can do for your psychological and physical condition. They can make you feel a million times better (or worse) simply by being around. I was reminded of this last week when a very good friend – I would say my best and most compatible friend (no offence to all my other friends, who I cherish) – was in town.
I spent the past week thinking about something positive in my life that I could write about. And there were quite a few things in my notebook: I am doing well in my efforts to become a legitimate archer, I am “flying” at work, I feel good when people come for advice to me (especially if it is family or friends, and when you can see that your advice has helped them), and I installed some hardware I have been meaning to do so for a while (security camera, car radio system, stuff like that). I know, I know. Is that all? Don’t forget that a chronic illness, an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis, does take a toll, and the simplest things become an endeavour.