I kept thinking of another famous quote by Robert Schuller, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
So many things seem out of our reach, as if they were impossible. We let fear hold us back. We resist change because we are exhausted. We let our emotions rule our lives. And who can blame us? Not only are these barriers common to the human experience, they are magnified when experiencing a chronic illness.
Our world gets smaller and smaller. First we start with pain. Next we learn that some of the things we enjoy most are triggering that pain. So we resign to give up these joys in the hopes that pain will stay away. It’s not long before we discover that pain will come anyway and we start missing those “forbidden fruit.” Friends and loved ones disappear. We lose employment opportunities. Before long we are just a shell of our former selves.
As we adapt to our new lives with migraine we learn to accept the new limits. In our fear of triggering yet another attack, maybe we set a few too many limits. Perhaps we accept a smaller world than we really need to?
I dare you to find new pleasures to replace the ones you had to give up.
I dare you to find new friends to replace the ones who didn’t deserve you.
I dare you to find creative ways to earn a living that accommodate migraine.
I dare you to embrace a bigger world than you ever thought possible.
The 2014 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Dreaming of a World without Migraine and Headache Disorders. The 2014 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge is a project of American Headache & Migraine Association.