Do you ever have those moments when you feel like life is giving you the shit end of the stick?
It’s kind of happening over here right now.
About 2 weeks ago DH started having severe discomfort in his upper body. After numerous consultations and Drs, it turned out he has a herniated disc. Though it may sound serious, it’s actually quite common. But that doesn’t make it any less of a pain in the neck – literally.
Then I get a call from the school the other day. NYC public schools suck for a few reasons — constant budgetary constraints, a lottery / highly competitive admissions policy, and head lice. We were most recently burdened by the latter.
And to top it all off, this is the week my grand jury duty begins. So that could put me in lockdown for 8 hours a day.
So to say we’re starting out our Summer in carefree spirits wouldn’t really be the case. But rather, we’re getting through it as best we can.
Here are the essentials to make it through to the other side intact:
1. Keep It In Perspective
When I was heading to the laundry room holding 3 Ikea bags of bedding and pillows, I ran into our neighbor. It was obvious what my situation was — bedding in the laundry room isn’t a good sign. But my neighbor,
his son is going through radiation. Seeing him reminded me to keep things in perspective. It was as if he was placed just outside the laundry room so I could keep my focus. Talk about signs…
2. Practice Empathy
When I last watched Orange Is The New Black there was this whole bit about empathy. The inmates were role playing in a drama class setting. As entertaining as the show was, it also put empathy on my mind. I don’t know how DH feels right now because I’ve never experienced a herniated disc. So I can only try to imagine how he’s suffering. It won’t alleviate his pain, but it will help both of us if I’m more understanding of his situation.
3. Say The Mantra – This Too Shall Pass
Because at the end of the day, life goes on. We may not be kicking off our Summer of Love (instead it’s more of a Summer of Lice), but things will change. This too shall pass. So the next round can come.
How do you roll through the punches when times get tough?