Some things I’m grateful for and would not have had were it not for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
-Time to bask in nature’s beauty. I enjoy watching the leaves fall, watching the snow pile up, listening to the birds call, watching the squirrels play, sitting in the sunshine, to name a few.
-Time with my children. I’m getting to do what I’ve wanted to since they were babies. I pick them up from school, I share my love of reading and sewing with them, I fix them meals and I hug and kiss them and talk to them whenever I want. I’m able to volunteer at their schools, go to class parties and other special events.
-New hobbies. Sewing was something I always wanted to do, but never had the time. I crafted, but not as much as I wanted to. Now, one of my daily goals is to create or bake something. Today, instead of cursing the tear in my son’s Halloween costume and the too-big skirt on my daughter’s, I fixed them myself. I have lost count of all the clothes I’ve upcycled, mended and taken in, saving us money.
-Thrifting is another hobby I’ve picked up again. It has become a way of life for us. Anything I can get for cheap, second-hand or make myself, I do. One of my favorite money-saving, environmental projects I’ve done is to make my own cloth napkins out of an old tablecloth. We haven’t bought paper towels or napkins in several years. They go in the wash with my towels and don’t take up any more room than a paper towel roll would. It used to be a goal of mine to wear something I made or thrifted every day. I don’t have that goal any more because the majority of my clothing is thifted or home-made.
-Recycling has become a passion of mine. Everything that goes in our trashcan gets inspected by me first. Plus I reuse everything I can. I always look at something I’m thinking of throwing away and think, “Could I use this for something else?”
We’re headed out to the comic book store for our free comics today, but I know this is a subject I’ll come back to in future posts.