72/100 | There are a lot of awful things happening in the world - children being taken from their families at the border, lawmakers trying to make insurance impossible for people with pre-existing conditions, an escalating trade war with Russia - and as a good human, you probably want to do your part to stop each of those things from happening. And really, I’m sure there are dozens of other causes, near and far, that you’d like to champion for. But, I’ve learned that no one can fight every battle and that’s especially true when you have limited energy to expend. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, we can’t take care of the world around us.
One of the most practical ways I’ve made this struggle easier on myself is to limit my news consumption. While it’s important to stay connected to what’s happening in the world, constant connection can be overwhelming. Now, I limit myself to three pieces of news per day - usually articles - and I normally read them in the evening, so that I don’t set a negative tone for my day.
I’ve also learned that giving of my time is one of the ways that giving is hardest for me. Before getting sick, I loved to volunteer and to donate my time as a photographer - it allowed me to give back even while I struggled financially. Now, I’m more inclined to make a cash donation when possible, or to help in other ways like connecting causes with people who may be able to help, or spreading the news about an event or fundraiser. You won’t see me standing at a protest, or participating in a march, no matter how strongly I believe in the goal.
Not every battle is yours to fight and there’s no need to feel guilty when your chronic illness stands in the way of championing for a cause. #100thoughtsonhealing