Hello! I’m back! It seems as soon as the April writer’s challenge ended, my life sped up and I was too busy to write. I’m not the kind of person who can stay in the fast lane for long before I become too overwhelmed and have a meltdown, which is precisely what I did on Friday. I recognized that I was beginning to feel overwhelmed several weeks ago, but I felt like everything I had agreed to do was equally important and so I did not amend my schedule. In fact, I added more to it! If everything would just happen the way that I planned them to, then I would be able to do everything, or so I thought. Of course, this did not happen. Friday I went to my art therapy class where I found out that it was canceled and that's when my body decided that it was time for a meltdown. I sobbed and sobbed. I felt like I was a failure-if only I had been perfect, than the class wouldn't have been canceled. I cried all the way home and I continued carrying on for several more hours. In the end I decided to cancel all of my plans for this weekend, because it was obvious to me that I desperately needed a lot of rest. Now that I have had a day to recover, I can see that the class being canceled had nothing to do with me and I feel a bit embarrassed. My sponsor said that it's good that I noticed the signs of being overwhelmed ahead of time, but that next time I need to actually tell somebody how I'm feeling, so that we can look at my calendar together and figure out what I can do to prevent another meltdown. I feel so much better now that I've spent the day relaxing. I will certainly remember this lesson for a long time. Besides, I really don't like spending so much time away from my blog!
Even though I stopped posting here for a while I still kept on writing for the first week of May. In honor of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome awareness day on May 12, I wrote a three part article called, The Truth is a Powerful Medicine, for the website MyFibro.com. In it, I address some of the stigma surrounding those illnesses and some of the foolish, hurtful things that people sometimes say. Eventually I will post my earlier recovery story from Psyweb.com and this story on an easy to find link on the side of my blog, but for now, click here: The Truth Is A Powerful Medicine Part I
, Part II
, and Part III
. Most people seem to like the first article the best, although my favorite is the last one.
My next post will be a report on the fair trade luncheon I attended in April. Hopefully, I'll post it soon!