Motivation Monday: An Act of Courage

By Damien Knight

courage

As you all know, I have moved into a new house. What you might not know is I suffer from chronic illness. This weekend I posted a poem titled Invisible which captured how I felt dealing with having to unpack an entire house with just me and two kids. I am exhausted, stressed and in constant pain. I know I shouldn’t complain about it but isn’t human?

Absolutely! And not only is it natural and human to complain it is human to want compassion. I have arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Asthma, epilepsy, GERD, and depression brought on by the fact I have had no medication since December due to insurance issues. It gets frustrating just trying to get out of bed. With a thyroid disorder sleepiness is more than just a symptom. It is a way of life. I have trouble sleeping at night and keeping my eyes open in the day. I live on coffee.

In fact, I bet most of you also live on coffee and you don’t even suffer a thyroid problem, right? Or maybe you do. The point is many of us struggle with just getting out of bed. I slept a lot as a kid, the depression so heavy sleep was better than living. Today’s Motivation “Every Day begins with an act of courage.” So true. For me just getting up means the depression, the chronic pain, and Hashimoto’s does not beat me. My illness will not define me, hardships do not have to define us. Be proud today you got out of bed.

Advertisements

4 comments on “Motivation Monday: An Act of Courage

  1. Millie says:

    Love that quote Damien! I admire your courage for not letting your illness define you. Thanks for sharing this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wonton says:

    that’s brilliant. keep on grinding!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dez says:

    Love this: we should really give ourselves some credit for the little stuff we do every day! Very motivating post..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sandy says:

    I’m sorry to reading this. I can’t understand your situation, because I’ve never been ill like you, but I know what does the depression mean. Thanks for sharing this very motivational post, and I send you a lot of power to have more courage😉

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s