Sunday, May 25, 2008
To Park Or Not To Park? That Is The Question.
I finally received my handicapped parking decal in the mail this week along with my identification card for my wallet. I've used it once so far, always opting out of the handicapped spot if there are other semi-close spots available. It all depends on how I feel the moment I am looking for parking... I need to lean into this, okay?! Sometimes, I think, "What if someone comes along with worse pain than me after I park?" It's silly, I know, but I can't help the fact that I worry about others a lot, even if that "other" may or may not come along while I am hurrying through a store.
I think it is important for those with chronic illness to understand that we have to take care of ourselves first, and that it is not based on selfishness but rather self-preservation. How can we help anyone else if we can't help ourselves? This is something that has become a daily reminder for me. We can take a good look within ourselves and know whether or not our motives are based on selfishness, laziness, a need for attention, or a need to play the victim. If not, then we need to take the proper steps in order to preserve our health, mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical, and manage our diseases.
Take care of yourselves, and I will do the same.