One year ago I posted my last blog. While I understood some part of the change that was sweeping through my life, most surely I did not have a clue about the consuming nature of the change. Or of any of the additional challenges to come, which have permanently altered the landscape of my life.
So here I am… one year later. My father managed his surgeries well. After multiple tests, he is currently considered cancer free, although we will continue to see the oncologist every six months for a few more years. There have been other health challenges, with each of my parents. Considering that they are in their 80′s now, this is not unexpected.
Other family concerns have arisen, requiring considerable time and travel. Taken in combination with the necessary driving for parents’ medical issues and appointments, I have traveled over 30,000 miles in my car over the past 12 months.
Fatigue is my constant companion, occasionally drifting into exhaustion. Reading my last post, again, I realize that the self care aspect of my life remains somewhat neglected. So I have committed to begin this month adding one thing which will be good for me, each week, to my schedule.
In addition to my “floor time” (Awareness Through Movement) which is already a daily occurrence, I am altering other small aspects of diet, increasing rest (when possible), scheduling time with friends, and engaging in a much loved activity on a regular basis.
A New Year! Time to re-create the structure of life, and search out, yet again, the new normal.