“Everything can be taken from man but one thing the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any give set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Do you think he was thinking of fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers when he said this? I often feel like I’ve lost a lot of things because of my pain. My pain can’t take away my ability to choose own path and my outlook on life. I choose these things. Not the pain. The pain can control what I eat, what exercise I do, how long and hard I exercise for, what type of yoga/stretching I do, if I take a nap or not, if I take extra pain medicine or not, if I wear glasses or contacts, what clothes I wear, how long I can sit still in one position, how good a night’s sleep I get, what chores (if any) I get done around the house, what errands (if any) I run, etc. The pain does not control my choice to stay positive through all this. It makes it hard to stay positive sometimes, but it’s still my choice to stay positive and optimistic. Suffering from chronic pain has changed my life’s path, but I have chosen the path that I’m on. I could’ve chosen to give up, to not get out of bed, or other things. Instead I’ve chosen to fight, to work hard to get healthier, and to do anything and everything I can that may help lessen the pain.
(Apparently this is my 100th post on my blog. Go me! LOL. I didn’t realize it when I wrote it, but I feel like this is a great quote for my 100th post. Thanks for reading my blog everyone!)