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Against The Wind

Do you ever feel like you are struggling to move forward? Does it feel like every task (even walking or doing the things you did easily in the past) are now more difficult?

Well, you are not alone in this, and most often people refer to it as fatigue. Fatigue, at least to me, is tiredness.

One step forward, two steps back

The idea of “against the wind” is meant to represent the struggle to move forward, and the push back we receive. It is not necessarily physical in nature, being a metaphor. It’s that old saying- “two steps forward one back” (or some variation of the same). You may feel more like you are taking a step forward and two or three steps back, if you feel like you are not only losing any forward progress, but actually losing ground.

Appreciating the good days

Please don’t take away from this piece that I am one who always feels that we are fighting against the wind, or struggling, because it is not like that in the whole. We have times when we will have the wind at our back, helping us to move forward. Some days, things do go the best that they can, and even these moments are worth relishing and savoring in their ease. Does that mean easy, or is it just easier? That all depends on context.

As a person who lives with chronic disease and pain, I find that any moment, hour, or day when my pain is less than normal is easier. On those days, all we can do is be positive and feel the joy that can sometimes be illusive.

Everyone is different

Is your struggle with fatigue taking a toll on your ability to recognize these moments of time when it’s easier? Perhaps you don’t experience any breaks, it just depends on your situation. This gets back to the same old thing about how we are all different. We are. We process life in all its bits and pieces in different ways, and using any cookie cutter approach to dealing with the struggles is going to be doomed to fail (in my opinion).

There are some very brilliant experts who study human behavior, and yes, there is much that we all have in common, but to ever suggest that one plan fits all is to me, silly. Can we take away advice that can help us better cope or deal with chronic disease and pain? Of course we can. I encourage that you seek out any aid that will improve your quality of life.

Hoping for a change in the wind

I do not have any big answers for anyone, and I never claimed to. All I have is my own experiences to draw on, like you do. Sure, I have studied some, and much of it was Greek to me, in that it was psychobabble filled with all sorts of assumptions and beliefs, symbolism when philosophy seeps in. Did it help me better understand my own struggles? This is a good question that I cannot answer, but the seeking was self-improving, in some measure. Not that I am suggesting that we dwell in that self-discovery place endlessly, but some time spent in contemplation has helped me to put some of the challenges in a better perspective. Yes, it still feels like I am facing a headwind at times, but I do know that it will pass, and can pass, and that helps.

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