And it really is – too! The most wonderful time of the year, that is, at least in my little world. But it’s also one of the busiest. Unfortunately, when you’re battling a chronic illness, “busy” is like a four-letter word: kind of a bad one. It’s not that being busy in and of itself is a bad thing – and the hustle and bustle of the holidays can actually be pretty fun. However, when your energy reserves are low, and when every-day tasks are prone to wear you out even on your good days, being busier than normal can really strain you.
Which is what I’ve been up against the past week or so. As much as I love shopping, decorating, and preparing for the holidays, it’s been a lot to take on, and it’s all finally starting to catch up with me. After crossing a few things off my check list each day, it’s usually all I can do to curl up on the couch with Captain America and get cuddles from our pets while we catch up on some shows.
On top of it all, we’ve had doctor’s appointments, birthdays to celebrate, and I’ve taken on the task of transferring The Hand-Written Life over to a self-hosted site (it’s still in the beginning stages, and I think it’s going to take me a while before I get everything situated the way I want it – but that’s why I’m starting early!! I’ll keep you posted on the progress…I promise!)
On the inside, I feel like a vibrant, energetic person, but I don’t feel like I really get the chance to share that side of myself with the world very often. I have so much inside of me that I want to get out, and to contribute – it can be very frustrating, even disheartening, to feel like it’s all locked up inside of you, and the key to getting it all out is something as wildly beyond your control as the recovery process. (Of course, it’s not entirely out of your control – you can take care of yourself, follow your doctor’s orders, and take a whole host of other positive steps to encourage the process; but at the end of the day, your body has its own timeline for healing, and rushing things only sets you back).
But the good news is that almost all of the shopping is done, as is the decorating, and after Wednesday, things should actually calm down a bit, long enough for me to actually enjoy the holiday itself!
Until then, as much as I have every good intention in the world of getting down to business and doing some blogging – the reality is that it probably won’t happen as regularly until after the holidays. C’est la vie, right? I guess you really can’t do everything!
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Have you had to make any sacrifices due to the time-crunch of the holiday season? What are some things that you wish you could get to, but are just going to have to go by the wayside, this year?