For my next act, I will pull a rabbit from a hat… but first, allow me to expand and expatiate on The Chronic. In other words, I want to put theory into praxis:
* not dwelling on physical pain symptoms
I paid my dues a long time ago. I have adapted. I still burn with a huge passion for certain things. I don’t saddle family and friends with incessant whining. I stop and smell the roses, and try to be Buddha’s best buddy.
* emphasizing abilities rather than disabilities
Let’s not brag, shall we? But I still think I’m pretty good at a lot of things, hehe. See – nothing wrong with the confidence! Ah – the best advice you ever got, right here right now: nurture belief in yourself, and you hold the KEY to LIFE.
[Further advice: Fight people who bring you down. They are parasites of the worst kind and must be squashed underneath the heels of your Lacostes.]
* recognizing oneâ€™s feelings about the pain and discussing them freely
Duh. What do you think I’m doing right now? Besides, you’ve read King Of Pain, you’ve been to The Pyton Horror Picture Show. I know it is awkward and morbid for the outsider, but I have to do it for myself. I must.
* using relaxation exercises to ease the emotional tension that makes pain worse.
Apart from writing – the odd glass of good wine, a big-screen TV and a fun car does help ease emotional tension; all in the line of therapy, I will have you understand. What more, I have truly gained life from the summers of resurrection in the archipelago.
* doing mild stretching exercises every day (with medical approval)
Let’s put it like this: I try to keep in shape. Besides, I can not afford to put on weight – the ankle joints do not like a heavy billy belly.
* setting realistic goals for improvement and evaluating them on a weekly basis
Oh, coldly so. As far as improvements go, I was personally aiming a lot higher than the quacks/docs, but there is a limit to everything. Once you come to terms with that, you can move on.
* affirming oneâ€™s basic rights: the right to make mistakes, the right to say no, and the right to ask questions
I just wish everyone else would allow me to make mistakes too… from station to station, I am not a whole lot different than anyone else – I just want my fair slice of that magic word called ‘R E S P E C T’.
Thank you. Without knowing it, you have once again contributed to my well-being. Ain’t it marvellous? Don’t you feel good about yourself? Well, consider today’s good deed done.