A Path Of EmotionalGrowth
by; Clarissa Shepherd
So many of us have lost our place in society, due to illness.
Its a fact, that we feel left out, are out of touch, and isolated.
We may even find – we can’t keep up with the lives of family nor friends.
We miss many daily events, leading us down a path of fewer and fewer invitations – thus leading us to more emotional pain.
We loose touch with current affairs, whats going on in our own community, and the world around us.
When communicating with others: we may feel, untethered, as if we no longer connect, or fit in.
Many times we feel trapped in illness, trapped in our body, and trapped in a world, which we can’t participant in.
Living far from where others roam: going to movies, taking trips, going out with friends, etc.
While others seek and find new friends, go on to collage, new careers, move to a new home, another city
all because they choose to do so, we may not have the ability to make such choices.
Many times, our type of illness, becomes the decision maker for – when, where, and what we do.
This certainly is a difficult path and not easily traveled.
We may feel a heightened sense of emotions, such as : anxiety, being on edge, tearfulness, or restlessness
while living with the lack of the quiet peacefulness that we once knew.
Only those of us who live in this type of world can relate to the loneliness and isolation of it all.
This effects us mind and body.
Living this way is not weakness – quit the opposite.
Its sheer – true bravery, held together by an unending courage.
The people who’ve lived a life of chronic illness, or shared a similar path – are those we seem to connect with.
Due to illness, we learn new ways to exist, creative ways to live.
In this different type of life, we grow emotionally, due to our many challenges.
If a person doesn’t have this type of experience, they typically stay the same, on their emotional path.
The truth is, although adversity is not a road we would have chosen, it is one of growing – emotionally and spiritually.
Your light shines, even in the darkness, so cling to that truth.
You’re a true warrior on this journey, that is chronic illness.
Know that in this, you’re not alone – for many extraordinary people, are walking this same bold path.