What makes you tick? What brings you joy? What pulls you out of a dark place? Don’t be afraid to sit with yourself and take time to understand your personal DNA. Part of my healing and acceptance of living with a chronic illness has come from bombarding myself with questions and putting in the work to reveal answers. Forcing myself to engage with my thoughts and reducing the negative internal autopilot has produced positive growth.
As I learn more about my personal DNA, I realize that I am passionate about spreading awareness. It brings me joy to receive a monthly awareness t-shirt and bracelet. These days nothing pulls me out of a dark place quicker than putting on my awareness bracelet and t-shirt. Without engaging, I would have never revealed these truths.
Don’t be afraid to get intimate with your chronic disabled self. You may find joy in dark places!