Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Making Life At Home
Since my bad car accident about 20 months or so ago, life has changed quite a bit. Initially, the change was not only abrupt, it brought along with it some pretty challenging times. I went from a full-time student studying Psychology, working part-time on campus and creating art part-time at home to then being forced to an 8-month recovery on the sofa alone! I remember bursting out in tears (and anger) one time to the hubby, frustrated and discouraged from all of the loss. The biggest struggle for me was the loss of my independence, as is often the case with illness or injury. This girl had to depend on my husband to feed, dress and bathe me for quite some time.
Needless to say, it changed me...again...inside and out. As I lay on the sofa every single day for several months, I began to really take note of all those little things around me that brought me joy like never before. It could have been something as simple as the way the sun shone through the front window in the early morning hours, casting a ray of light on a vase of flowers, or how our doggie would climb onto the end of the sofa, curl up at my feet and keep me company during the endless hours recovering alone.
To make a very long story short, life changed significantly. Where would life have taken me had I stayed wrapped up in the anger and frustration of all the loss that occurred, starting that fateful April morning in 2014? Eventually though, I found the courage to once again rise above and move forward! It was the best thing I could've done, despite circumstances at that time. I just came to a point of making a decision this too could no longer define me and had to believe that another set back meant surely something else was in store.
Before the car accident, I would be gone pretty much every day, studying for exams and/or working on campus. Now, I make life at home, our home, and as full-time illustrator... and I couldn't be happier. There's great joy in illustrating for the world around me and a deep satisfaction in taking care of my husband every single day. That reminder alone buoys me when still contending with pain. Just making that perfect cuppa brings such smiles. Life couldn't be sweeter. Truly. I'm not just lucky to have an incredible man and wonderful children in my life, I'm down right BLESSED!
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