Sunday, October 25, 2009


The show Survivor takes reality tv to new limits every week. This week we watched the 2nd contestant this season become too battered to continue playing and was sent to the hospital. As viewers we watch these people as they starve, shiver through rain and then compete in challenges the well fed and healthy would have trouble completing. But that's what the show Survivor is about; OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST! But often I feel I play my own Lakewood California version of the game.

Survivor Lakewood takes place every day in my little circle of life. Every day I plan my strategy to best get through my day. My immunity chalenge includes paying close attention to weather reports, making decisions of what I can and can't do, obeying my body when it begins to shows signs of weakening, diet, meds, clothing, and stress. They all play a huge role and poor planning could cost me days in bed. But a day planned well means a victory lap around my coffee table. Though on occasion POTS can be sneaky and blow me away even with the best planning.

Daily survival takes some work, and I've learned that I no longer sweat over the little things that come up in my life. People's opinions use to matter, now I just do my best and if it's not enough, it's their problem. I use to worry about a clean house, now I figure it'll get clean sooner or later. I was so good at worrying, that I thought about taking an add out in the paper and offering to take on other people'e worries! Now the serenity prayer makes more sense to me now than it ever did before, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. It's taking things one moment at a time, not worrying about what has happened in the past, and not fretting over what can happen in the future. Living one day at a time, and enjoying one moment at a time has made coping with this disease much easier. I cannot change this disease, but I can change my attitude about how I face it daily. I have noticed the symptoms are getting worse, but my appreciation for the things I can do have become stronger.

This disease has taught me to appreciate what great things I have in my life, and to enjoy every minute of the people and things that are in my life right now. They may not always be there in the future.

So, how would I do on Survivor Samoa, I wouldn't make it on the boat to the island, they'd probably have their first funeral at sea, boy imagine the tv ratings for that. Though I'm not sure how well those playing Survivor Samoa would do playing Survivor Lakewood.


Always inspired,

1 comment:

  1. michele..Yet again Brilliant..I could not have put it better if i tried..Thank You :0) Trace!!